Bountiful Word

Say Open Sesame!

In Working Freelance on October 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

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Whatever the work of words you completed, with relentless labour of words and fuming brainwork, the first draft always sucks. Your work might at sometimes fails to meet the height of expectations you kept for yourself.  It is a universal truth and little less true in any writer’s case —experienced or not.

Practice appreciation, once you finished your write up, short story, poem, lyric, novel, non-fiction, creative non-fiction or literary fan-fiction or parody.

Only if you are ready to accept yourself, someone else will accept you. Self-admiration is the key to mould your artist’s personality and to glue it up tight.

Look back and appreciate what you did in your first draft. The major issue most of the beginners come up with is the diffidence that infests them when they go back and read the article or story they have just finished. Reason—what if the first draft read vulgar?

The inspiration to write a piece would have given you a certain pleasure, feeling good about what you did with those words in the word processor is an act of extending that pleasure.

You must read the above paragraph one more time if the word ‘feeling’ did not sit well with your understanding. It could just be the wellness that you might feel after banging out those 2000 plus words a day, or less, often. The ‘feel’ could just be the contentment in what you did. This feeling drives away the darkness of hard times and restrictions in the writer’s life, in his journey of becoming.

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You are in a journey to see the day, when your words go around the world and bring you daily bread. This journey requires the fuel of self appreciation. It should not of course verge extreme self-centeredness. That will be less short of blindness. On the other hand, taking the balanced act of appreciating one’s own work helps a writer work her way through hard times.

Self appreciation can make a considerable difference in a writer’s life. This is the door towards a successful writing career that we all often forget to keep open. Say it: “Open sesame!”


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