“For too long, my fragile ego has depended on the affirmation of others” The Writer’s Manifesto
What do you love to do? Take photographs? Paint? Write?
How have you let the expectations of others change what you do? How does your desire for approval or significance in the eyes of an audience affect your work?
The Writer’s Manifesto by Jeff Goins starts here, with our motivation to create. Appropriately, the first section is entitled, The End – this is where most creative people begin, at the wrong end. We start by wanting to impress an audience. We start by looking for approval, when the real beginning is simply to do: to write, to paint, to take pictures.
I think the desire for approval can be used along the way, perhaps, but it is a lousy starting point.
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There is something about Jeff’s work that engaged my mind right away. He dives in at the deep end. What I liked most about it is that he makes hard statements, not all of which I thought I agreed with. But I like that about a book on writing, on art, on creating. What do we really know, for sure? Why not throw some things out there and think about them, talk about them?
“This desire to be heard,” he writes. “To be acknowledged as an artist…ultimately it corrupts the art…”
I am not sure about this.
“Writers don’t write to get published. They write for the love of writing.”
I agree with this. In fact, I wrote about it.
“As we care less about our audience’s affections, more people will be affected by our writing.”
I love this.
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What? Finished already? This is what I said to myself when I realized I had already read through it.
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Have you ever realized that your potential audience was having an undue affect on your work? How do you handle feelings of inadequacy?