My greatest fear as a writer is not really letting the world read my work. The person I am most intimidated about reading my work is my future self. I am afraid that in five or ten years I will look back on my work today and think it is nothing special, that it’s not very good. That I’ll wish I’d written things differently.
Given enough time, I become my own harshest critic. That is the truth.
As I was really considering this several weeks ago, a story was trending about J. K. Rowling. She mentioned that if she could go back and do it again, Ron and Hermione wouldn’t end up together, and something about personal wish fulfillment.
That’s when I realized: of course as I grow as a writer I will begin to see more of the flaws in my own writing. The difference is that now I’m okay with it. If J. K. Rowling can look back on a series that so many people love and talk about things she sees differently now, I can certainly do that.
The point is not perfection. The point is to put myself out there, and grow in the process.
Must keep reminding myself of this!