Feeling Embarrassed To Be A Writer

write,writing,author,being a writerFor the last 4 years, I have been writing almost daily. And yet, I feel embarrassed to openly be a writer.

Not because I feel or think that a career in writing is of a low standard. On the contrary, I love writing. Exploring creativity and trying to put what I imagine into the the readers mind is a truly exciting task.

But, for some reason, I can’t seem to put myself out there completely. I notice other writers, successful writers, who are proud to call themselves writers and promote their names every chance they get. If anything, you can easily tell that she (or he) is proud of the work they create.

I’ve come to truly believe that writing is an art. When creating art, you’re more or less expanding your personality onto paper. Perhaps I’ve grown uncomfortable sharing myself to the world that I struggle to share my work.

Or maybe, I don’t feel like my work is perfect. In my mind, I know that perfection is unattainable. In fact, I don’t think perfection exists. That doesn’t stop us from striving for it, right?

A part of me is afraid of being judged or not being good enough. I can’t remember when I started to feel this way – it’s the opposite of who I used to be.

It’s time to change. I’m going to try and be me online and share some of the stuff I’ve been working hard on. Maybe it gets easier the more I do it?

We’ll see.

Have you ever dealt with this problem? Any thoughts on why or how you broke free?

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3 thoughts on “Feeling Embarrassed To Be A Writer

  1. Linette B February 3, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    Looking forward to it. Writers are the toughest critics of their own work. I often feel the same way. I read other blogs and wonder if my writing ever makes that much of a statement. It does for someone. I don’t think you ever break free from this. However, the more you put yourself out there the more positive responses you’ll get. This will boost your confidence and make you feel stronger about your voice! So I would say I am still just as critical of my own work but both positive and constructive feedback have helped. I also joined a writing group in my area. We meet once a week. We share a piece of writing and give feedback. The first day I was extremely intimidated but I learned they all have similar feelings. My writing has improved since then and I am working on improving some things. I really liked this post. It’s something a lot of us think of but don’t say! Check out Jenna Moreci on YouTube. She voices feelings that a lot of writers face! Let me know what you think of her videos!

    • Zak February 3, 2016 / 1:47 pm

      Thanks for commenting, Linette 🙂

      Writing groups are really awesome! Recently I thought about joining a new one too. Heck, maybe even a poetry group. I checked out some of your work and you’re a really talented writer!

      I think being a writer is about the journey – even if the journey is plastered with mistakes.
      Thanks for the suggesting Jenna Moreci. I just checked out her channel and she has some awesome videos.

      Keep in touch, Linette
      🙂

      • Linette B February 3, 2016 / 7:29 pm

        I’m glad you liked her videos! She’s hilarious. I love “The nine weird habits of writers” and “The worst parts of the writing process” Highly recommend

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