I hate the English language! It has so many rules and so many critics who do things differently and point out your flaws as if they are the gods of the language. I hate it when people see the tipos (just did that to deliberately irk them) instead of seeing the message that I am trying to bring across. I love the feeling I get when admiring my own expressiveness on paper, feeling proud of what I have done. But then, I am bombarded with negative criticisms that deflate that joy, causing me to question everything. Oh, how I love writing and hate it at the same time.
I paused in writing this blog post. I stopped thinking about the perception of others and considered why I started to write in the first place. I tried to fix as many errors as humanly possible, giving respect to the language but accepting that I am human, and perfection is fleeting. No book can fit all our thoughts and there is no way for us to let people have a total understanding of who we are through just a few pages. I am sure that with everything that we read, there may be at least one flaw someone will try to point out. Don’t get me wrong, there are rules of the language that you should follow if you hope to have clarity and coherence for your reader to understand the message. Ah, yes…the message. Leave the editing to the professionals like the editors at Tamarind Hill Press; just focus on what your message is and write your heart out.
So, that aside…what’s the message I have for this blog post? It’s about being true to why you started to write in the first place. Well, I think Saun-Jaye Brown, author of Consciously 21 says it better than I ever could:
“Writing can pull one deeper into the moment and can help us to understand people and why they do the things they do. My greatest influence for becoming a writer would be that I get to point out the moments as well as the details of life that slip by us in this fast-paced society. I love that I am able to bring meaning to this world.”
I groan. I am not ungrateful for this message, but I wonder how I would be able to not have a dislike for writing…can I ever overcome this love-hate relationship? What about new writers like myself? Saun-Jaye, a native of Montego Bay, Jamaica, says, “…it is supposed to be difficult. Nothing comes easy. Accept each struggle and challenge as a learning process. Look at your struggles as not a tragedy but a way to better your writing and you as a person.”
So, I will take the criticism and use it to grow who I am as a writer, loving the journey as well as the end result. For Saun-Jaye must have had a love for writing to share her inner thoughts in her book of poetry.
Also, note that you can incorporate your love for other things with your writing. Not only does she love writing, but she also loves dancing, playing video games, reading and drawing. She also loves her sister as she dedicates a part of her work to her.
This is just my viewpoint. Tell me how you think you will be able to overcome the challenges that writing brings.
Sheryl : )