May 2, 2012

Insecure Writers - to be seen

since i've been sharing pages from my art journal lately, i thought i would share one today that relates to writing insecurities. oddly enough, nearly every page i've created has said something to me about my writing, leading me to believe, once again, that writing is just another form of art.

anyway... here's my most recent page.

i had to block out the picture for legal reasons, but it's the image of a woman in blue with wings, facing away from us. the words i wrote about her are:

"She wants to be seen. She wants to fly. But she's afraid."

then off to the left i wrote:

"i think everyone wants to be seen, but artists more so. and yet exposing ourselves through our art is like exposing a piece of our soul. it takes courage to create and let it be what it is. it takes more courage to show it to someone and not worry about what they'll think."

(i think this is even more true for those of you who are writing to get published.)

scattered around the page, i wrote:

"we have to fight to be real."

"inside, we're all afraid."

"be who you were meant to be."

"i dare you to fly. i dare you to use your wings."

so, how will you be real in your art or writing today? how will you fly?

for more Insecure Writers posts, visit Alex's blog. 


Hart Johnson said...

Oh, those are wise, brilliant words! I am pretty good at keeping it real, but I use a lot of humor so i have a safety wall to hide behind when I need to.

Unknown said...

I like the line "we have to fight to be real"!

I'm a homeschool mom too! :)

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing. (Although I'll admit I wish I could see the picture of the winged girl!) :)
I love the quotes at the top of your page, too.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We want to be seen and applauded, but we have to risk that it doesn't always happen that way.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I love "be who you were meant to be" - that's exactly how I feel, although I may not have conquered it yet!

dolorah said...

Your journal is an inspiring idea. thanks for sharing your quotes.


Andrea Teagan said...

Your words are SO True!! I was just talking about this with my friend today, we want people to see our work yet at the same time we are afraid.. thank you for sharing this!


Lisa J Yarde said...

So interesting that you and I are thinking in tandem about courage, Michelle. It's taken a long time for me to conquer fears related to publication. Finally realized the goal I wanted was more important than the fear of failure AND accepted that failure can also be an important teaching tool.