Sometimes when I write, I WRITE from the heart, and sometimes when I write, I just put words on paper, or on Word document lol. There’s no in-between. As a writer, are you ever satisfied with what you write? I cringe every time I read what I write, and that’s probably why I can’t get myself to share much of my writing. It’s NEVER good enough for me. It’s one of the things I am super sensitive about. Erykah Badu once said, “Now keep in mind, I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my shit.” Ah! That’s how I feel about writing. I’m sensitive about my writing. I read it a hundred times, and get so sick of it that I’m like, “This can’t see the light of day.” Ah! I have too much unfinished work in my drafts section.
Now as you know, I CAN post on Facebook all day lol, and I’m not very sensitive about that writing. I guess there is something about a lengthier piece that raises my anxiety. I’m thinking about whether I have a clear thesis statement, whether the grammar and punctuation are correct, if the flow of thoughts and transitions are seamless, and whether it is actually GOOD writing.
What the hell is good writing, anyways? Is it the reader understanding where you’re coming from? Do they have to be dazzled and bewitched by your writing that they forget where they end, and the writing begins? What is good writing? That is the Million Dollar Question.