Writing is a craft. You have to take your apprenticeship in it like in anything else. ~Katherine Anne Porter
Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see. ~William Newton Clark
This week I stepped out in faith to read my work and be critiqued in a writers group. I am thrilled to be part of a creative community, and I hope it will result in greater inspiration and courage to confront the blank page, as well as a honing of my craft.
This encounter suggested to me that my confidence often lags behind my skill, and I have to wonder if I sometimes come across as having false humility. It is not approval that I want so much as to embrace a realistic view of my writing, to see more clearly what I want to say and how well I am communicating it. (For more reflections on approval, see Judgment.) I believe participating in this group will lead to greater clarity.
Today, I am grateful for the Stonepile Writers, for the creative process, for this blog, for all artists everywhere!