COURAGE TO WRITE

COURAGE TO WRITE

All things REALLY do work together.

I’ve been a writer all of my life, but I wrote secretly. No one read any of my work with the exception of an ex-boyfriend or two. I was terrified at the thought of others reading my work. I could totally relate to the opening line in Tyrone by Erykah Badu. When she said, “I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my shit,” I felt that in my soul, but I was too afraid to share ANY of my work.

But something about going to law school and becoming a lawyer has really given me the courage to publish my work. In law school your writing is critiqued extensively. I remember the first graded memo I received in RWA. The paper looked like a toddler took a black pen and scribbled all over it, but that was my professor circling everything I did wrong. I can laugh now, hell, I think I laughed then along with the rest of my peers. It was horrible.

Every comma, the use of that vs which, where you place your punctuation within a parenthetical phrase, it’s all judged; harshly at times. Then you become a lawyer and your work product is literally read by a judge and or a supervising attorney who undoubtedly will form judgments about you based on your writing, in addition to opposing counsel.  Or if you don’t practice law, everyone still knows you’re a lawyer and expects you to be able to write and your writing is still judged. It’s no wonder I am not afraid to write out loud, so to speak.

I almost titled this piece “All Things Work Together,” because I had to go through the experience of having my writing ripped to shreds to gain the confidence to share my work. I actually think many attorneys have that experience. I never imagined that law school would lead to me becoming a blogger and a writer. I knew I would become a better writer, but I did not know that I would take up blogging again so publicly.

Go where the Universe leads you!

God doesn’t always let you in on His plans for you. That’s why you have to  trust the process. I don’t know what type of law I want to practice next or what kind of position I want to apply for next; but I know I want to continue blogging and writing.

That’s the beauty of trusting the process. You find unexpected gems along the way that you could not have planned for if you tried. So go with the flow. Listen to the voice inside of you that you ignore out of fear. Don’t let fear stop you from living your dreams.

Which reminds me – I need to reread the Alchemist. I’m on a quest to find my treasure. Don’t let the merchants you meet along the way discourage you from finding your treasure. Recognize that some people are content only discussing their dreams. Don’t let that stop you. Don’t worry if they don’t understand your journey.

It’s not for them to understand.

Originally Published in Publishous

1 Comment

  1. Sonja Williams
    October 15, 2018 / 8:32 am

    I am searching for positive adjectives to describe your writing. I want something deeper than great and good. Insightful, maybe? Well written, definitely! You state your case without losing the reader. Is there a novel in you?

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