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Sharing for Writers
Sharing for Writers
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
It is without reservation that I express to you my wonder at the sheer volume of extraordinary talent on the Hubpages site. What is even more gratifying is most writers are here for the joy of writing and sharing their thoughts with other like-minded people.
Writing is a personal experience because it draws from us our deepest and most prized thoughts naturally, often cathartically, in a quest to better understand ourselves. How we feel about the world and our perspective on life is vividly painted for those with vision to see and understand. Sharing this vision with complete strangers changes us in ways we don’t always understand. It bridges gaps between distance, ethnicity, culture and belief by finding common ground. The key word is sharing and that is both gratifying and useful.
Art has always been subjective, in the eye of the beholder if you will. Our perceptions can only be as individual as we are, and within that our voice solely important to be understood by the artist or creator. Opinions and critiques for a writer or any pursuer of the arts are fundamental markers for personal understanding and growth. How we affect people with our words gives cause to our purpose.
Because we gain different experiences that cumulatively create our state of mind, our opinions are individual and therefore offer unique perspectives on the world and particularly of expressing art. Any art, and in this case writing, can be emotive and therefore result in responses that even the people experiencing them do not always expect. These responses not only indicate their personal background and understandings but convey to the writer how words can connect and trigger such responses. The knowledge gained is for both reader and writer alike.
Often the responses to a given piece of writing are not positive, when opinions clash or beliefs contradicted; but that is even more important. By our own admissions we can only be limited by our beliefs and sometimes people see beyond it and offer critique. Writers should always accept criticism with a positive intention, because it can unlock a more expansive perspective and therefore be an opportunity for growth.
Writing as with all arts takes many years of practice and learning to acquire the many skills necessary to become competent. The arrogance of youth or ego often thinks differently, but in the end our ability and expertise is made not given. Talent is one thing, but knowledge is quite another. So being able to accept criticism and alternate views is part of the necessary growth of a serious writer.
Hubpages offers this opportunity of learning and experience and for that sharing we should all be grateful. In any form of creative expression perceiving it will always be different. Whether it is deemed successful by some measure of financial gain, general acceptance or whatever, should have no bearing on how the writer accepts his or her work. The goal of the writer should be completing the work to his or her own standards. If the writer is satisfied and happy with the quality of the submission, then the work should be seen as successful. Whether a piece gets published or not, is liked or not, should not deter a writer from accepting success as the outcome. Some of the critically best most poignant movies ever made have not been commercial successes. That does not infer lack of quality or is not a mark against the creator. That simply is life.
So when you write do not judge yourself based on anything other than your own satisfaction at completing the work. Knowledge, application and experience will tell in the end.