Admitting a problem is the first step to overcoming it, right? I’m taking that phrase literally with this new project. I’m sure you all have noticed this blog is full of visuals but light on content. That’s not some master plan of mine. It’s because I suck at writing. In high school, I had a teacher rip apart a paper I poured my heart and soul into. Come on, it was on Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. A book I had read over 4 or 5 times at that point in my life (probably closer to a dozen now). The teacher accused me of never reading the book and writing a terrible paper. It broke my heart.
What I took away from her feedback was that I was the shittiest writer EVER. From that point on, I have always shied away from writing. In college, I gritted my teeth and wrote some mediocre papers.I thought that was all I was capable of. At my new job, I had to read and write more in the first couple months then I ever anticipated. We also had to set some yearly goals. I’m sure you can guess what mine was… to become a stronger writer.
It’s not just an arbitrary goal. I have some specific tasks to complete throughout the year to validate my mission. First, read The Book on Writing by Paula LaRocque. I am going to read 2+ chapters a week and take notes. You’ll be seeing at least 2-3 blog posts on what I have learned each month. Second, I need to write several blog posts for our team’s blog at work. This will make me confront my fear and hopefully I will grow into a more confident writer.
So be kind over the year and send along any constructive feedback. Believe me, I need all the help I can get. I’m sure I will make a lot of mistakes but just know that I am trying to learn.