It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. ~Seneca
The above was yesterday’s prompt for Write on Wednesday. Its pretty funny how this prompt came up when it has been the central theme of my life for the past couple of weeks. I can apply this prompt to virtually every aspect of my life from work, to my relationship, and even to my writing.
I think what the prompt is saying is that the actually obstacle is not very difficult. Its our individual fear of the unknown, or of judgement that prevents us for tackling a new situation. Some people love a challenge and are ready to jump in head-first. The main fear with writing, for me at least, is that no one will like it. Well, does that mean I shouldn’t even attempt it? When I’ve tried writing in the past, I usually lost interest in my story after I had developed a plot and started telling people about it. They became excited and wanted to read more, but slowly the story just dropped. Maybe it was the fear of judgement that prevented me from following through on my idea. Now I keep me story line private, but still offer parts of my writing to be reviewed. So far, I’m still writing.
I always hear opposing views that you have to write for your chosen audience, not for yourself. Or I’ll hear someone tell me to do the opposite and write a piece that I would want to read. I think its different depending on the writing level. As a beginner, I don’t really have a target audience. I am writing my story based on whatever pops in my head. Whether its good or bad, its still work that I can be proud of. Its still work that is tangible evidence of my imagination.