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Write Bravely

Updated on April 22, 2010
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Write Bravely

I was reared to play my hand close to the chest, and though I do still consider myself a pretty discreet person, I realized recently that in order to write, you have to show your hand sometimes. Non-writers want to impress others, but most writers know better than that. What's called for more often, is revealing the ways we simply aren't that impressive, and sharing it creatively with the world. There are so many instances these days were a person can demonstrate their profound cowardice--the dentist office, the hospital, credit applications, relationships, the list goes on and on. Writing, however, is certainly not for the faint of heart, nor the faint of ego for that matter.

Everyone who has ever written anything from a thesis to a thank you card knows that writing takes effort, time, thought, and self-discipline. It also takes guts. When I was writing as a teenager, I wrote like a chicken. I wrote about things I knew absolutely nothing about. I had a wonderful and secure family, and a fun, if not quirky childhood. I wrote, however, about graves, tombstones, cancer, evil, darkness, shadows, and death. I had nearly NO problems as a kid, and I wrote like I should've been on a police hold for self-endangerment watch. As I grew up a little though, and had ACTUAL problems, my writing style grew up also. All of a sudden, with actual grief to deal with, my writing became far easier on the soul. I yielded to the lest-than-stellar aspects of myself as an individual, and figured there had to be at least one or two people in the world who could relate. I lost the desire to preserve the image of perfection, of she who can handle anything. I became more willing to let others know that yes, there are some ways in which I suck, perhaps you suck in these ways also, but even if you don't, know that we're all just working on the rough draft of ourselves, and that's okay. In my humble opinion, I think it's made me a better writer.

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    • ahostagesituation profile imageAUTHOR

      SJ 

      7 years ago

      Hi evvy_09. I forgot I wrote this! Most of us are so multi-faceted that if we expose a little truth about ourselves we still are able to keep a lot of our personal truths private if we want to. My favorite writers are shameless truth-tellers. And I think you've made a wonderful pint, truth is hard, but certainly worth it.

    • evvy_09 profile image

      evvy_09 

      7 years ago from Athens, AL

      True, true. I have had to learn to reveal a little bit of myself in order to write, truth is hard but worth it.

    • ahostagesituation profile imageAUTHOR

      SJ 

      8 years ago

      Thanks, Ben. Writers are kind of obsessed with truth, right? If I'd add to this it would be that we should tell the ugliest truth that we can, as we may only ever get to tell it once.

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      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Very true and close to the bone A.H.S. !!! Thanks for inviting us into your corner of the Universe all we can do is all we can do!

      Ben

    • ahostagesituation profile imageAUTHOR

      SJ 

      8 years ago

      i'm still looking into the scoring, but i'm looking at this during breaks at the hospital...slow day!

    • ahostagesituation profile imageAUTHOR

      SJ 

      8 years ago

      Thanks so much Sean, I'm SJ or Shannon, and I'm going to look into what you said when I get off work today, thanks again!!

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      seanorjohn 

      8 years ago

      Hostage ,you have got some good ads from this article. I think if you add some more tags and add more content you will get a much higher score. You have a very high hubber score. Hubpages rate you as a prodigy. Congrats.

    • ahostagesituation profile imageAUTHOR

      SJ 

      8 years ago

      hey m.t dremer, you're right. You definitely need a bit of an ego to write, especially publicly. But if your ego can't take a hit, you'll quit, very quickly. You can't improve without criticism, it's a good thing. Especially if it comes from the right place. Encouragement and flattery are nice, but the refinement of anything comes from constructive criticism.

    • M. T. Dremer profile image

      M. T. Dremer 

      8 years ago from United States

      Writer's definitely need somewhat of an ego. You need to believe that what you're writing is worth putting out there, otherwise you wouldn't be putting all this time and hard work into it. And then you need the courage (and later a thick skin) to go through with putting it out there and accepting all the feedback; good and bad. I try to think of the writing that I've already released into the world (or hubpages) as complete and allowed to stand on its own. However there are times where I still stop and think if I could have done it better.

    • ahostagesituation profile imageAUTHOR

      SJ 

      8 years ago

      No worries, mega1. I'm always doing that!

    • mega1 profile image

      mega1 

      8 years ago

      never thought of sharing my faults with y'all! heh heh so you realize you are going to have to share some of yours now, right?

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