I'm particularly particular about my writing: I've been known to scrupulously readjust punctuation, change a word for a slightly different connotation, chip at my words with a scalpel until I am satisfied with every detail, before I am ready to share my work with anyone. But recently, I have begun to realize the value of sharing my unpolished work.
I have found, to the surprise of my perfectionist instincts, that people are actually quite supportive of my flaw-riddled talents and rough ideas. A few friends in particular come to mind as people from whom I can share my ideas, who provide support and help me to develop my own ideas.
|This is the first photo in existence of Alyssa and me together|
Another is Alex. When we met, the first personal connection we ever made between us was about words; I shared my poetry with him and he shared some of his writing with me as well, and again we were able to appreciate our differences in style or perspective. Alex became another major source of encouragement and support; I’ve even shared some of my (yikes) rough drafts and unpolished writing exercises with him, and I’ve learned that it’s okay to share my writing even if it’s not perfect.
|My cute mom, keeping me well-nourished since the 90's|
The power of a supportive, personal audience is immense. They have given me courage and confidence, and I am ever grateful for their encouragement. And I invite any of you readers who are secretly or privately working on a project or a hobby or an area of research to share your work and works in progress, too. You'd be surprised at how much it may help.