If You Don't Take It Seriously, No One Will

An egomaniac with an inferiority complex: sound familiar?

If that glove feels just a little too much like it fits, then congratulations -- you're probably a fairly decent writer. Learn to live with the cognitive dissonance because it's gonna be around for a long time.

It's when the two opposites get out of balance that you'll run into problems. If you believe you cannot be taught, that you are GOOD and you don't NEED any editing or feedback or to progress -- you're out of balance. EVERYONE can get better. EVERYONE. Get teachable.

Conversely, if you subordinate your talent to other's needs too often, the Muse will poop on your paper. Muse poop, much like Greyhound poop, is not a good thing. I mean, you could stretch this analogy to the breaking point and talk about how it's good to poop on paper as opposed to the porch or the ungrouted new tile floor in the fireplace room, but seriously -- poop on paper that should contain brilliance is generally bad.

Take your writing seriously. Take yourself and your talent seriously. Humbly, but seriously.

And don't listen to nonwriters who think this is nonsense. If you're a writer, you know what I'm talking about.

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