Sharing your writing with others takes courage. You expose yourself to criticism. You show the vulnerable side of you. You speak up your mind in a way others may not agree with. You give up control. It can be frightening, but also liberating.
People often tell me that they would like to start a blog, but that they don’t feel comfortable sharing their writing with others. Or that they have a blog, but they don’t dare post anything on it. They worry that their English or their grammar isn’t good enough. That nobody will care about their writing.
You know, it’s not about the grammar. Mine isn’t perfect, either. It’s more about the sincerity of your writing. Writing that comes out of your natural urge to write is usually the writing that has to be shared. It doesn’t matter what it’s about.
For many months my blog was on private. It wasn’t just fear. My first posts made it so. I had to slowly build up the courage to make it public. But the satisfaction when people started reading it was amazing.
Still, there’s plenty of writing on my computer that I don’t feel courageous enough to share with you or with anyone. Manuscripts that may never be read by anyone, not because they aren’t good, but because there’s writing that we write just for the reader in us.
Writing that has to be shared with others calls to be shared. You’ll feel that itch inside to press publish, to text or email it, to print it and hand it over to someone. It’s good to listen to that call when it’s there. It’s good to share your writing with others.
Sharing your writing is an act of giving. It can resonate with other people in a way that nothing you can say or do in life can. It can touch people and connect you to them, making both of you more aware and increase the depth of your presence.
The worst that can happen is for nobody to read it. But then only your ego will get hurt. Because nothing that we write is ever wasted, even if it ends up crumpled in the trash bin. All we write is read by the reader in us, and it changes who we are. In that sense, we’re never alone, not entirely so?
Is sharing your writing with others easy? Do you ever struggle with it?