Happy Monday! “Everyone’s a critic.” That’s how the saying goes. People are always going to have something to say whether it’s good or bad. You can take it or leave it. I read somewhere about these two things. You can’t let people’s compliments get to your head and you can’t let people’s criticism get to your heart. I believe criticism works the same way when it comes to writing.
I was fortunate that when I started writing I had a support system to encourage me, but not everyone has that. Last spring when I took a writing class at College of Southern Maryland (CSM), one of my classmates was an older woman, who I’ll refer to as Ms. J. Ms. J knew she wanted to write, but she was afraid of what her peers would say. The instructor Dwayne Ross and I had to tell her, “Ms. J, you just have to do it.”
Back then, I wasn’t sure if she took our advice, but now I feel like she did listen. Recently, I ran into her at one of the “Nuts & Bolts” writing workshops I attended as a member of the Life Journeys Writer’s Guild. Ms. J was there to start writing, and I was so happy to see her. It just goes to show that whenever you have to put yourself out there regardless of what people say.
Also, if you’re in the area would like to sign up for a writing class, CSM has the “Write Your Story” course coming up in March. Dwayne Ross is a great instructor as I’m a former student. Also, he has informative writing events in the community. You can register here.
Click the “Writers’ World” tab toward the bottom of the page, and you can enroll in the class there.