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If you would have asked me two months ago whether I feel insecure about my writing I would have said ‘I’m alright. I believe that it can evolve into something good eventually.’ But only now, that I have engaged in writing that is radically different from anything I do here or anywhere else did I notice that as soon as I depart from anything academic and instead engage in fun writing it has an energy that it otherwise doesn’t have. Furthermore my writing teacher really likes my work as far as I can tell. Having an actual writer come back with sincere compliments week after week made me realize that I never saw myself as a writer until now. I saw myself as a person conveying information.
Why is this important to you? Well we should not work for the compliments of others. We should find it rewarding inside. However through praise, sometimes someone might actually progress in ways they wouldn’t have otherwise. Even if you think the other person must know how well they’re doing, tell them anyway.