Atheist parenting secular parenting humanist mothers and daughters, difficult teens, writing criticism
Writing fiction, journals, or non fiction is one thing...putting it online for others to read is quite another thing. A writer agonizes over plot and wording, develops characters that become real to them, puts so much of their heart and mind and spirit into their writing, and then puts it out there for others to read, know, even judge. It takes courage and tremendous ego strength to take a piece of writing and push the post button.
My daughter Elizabeth is more than a writer, she is an author. She has been writing for many, many years and I have been impressed with her writing ability. Perfect? No. Skillful and developing? Yes.
She has been writing fanfic for sometime now. Her stories about her favorite fictional characters and real life celebrities have been circulating the fanfic boards for three years now. She has followers, fans, and fellow enthusiasts on her fanfic community who beg her for more and more!
In her despair and aloneness the other night she went upstairs to her room and removed a favorite and very popular story from the fanfic site.
Once the shock and sadness and insecurities went away, and after a good deal of processing together, Elizabeth started asking Who are these two people? Why should I care what they think of my writing? Do they KNOW how many people love my stories?!! Hang on! These people are wrong! I am learning and writing my best right now. Nothing they wrote is helpful at all! I'm ignoring them, Mom. I'll repost my story when I get my strength up a bit.
And she will one day.
The process that this girl went through getting to her strong and confident place was amazing to behold. Today: back online writing!
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