Don’t Hold Back

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For the past few years I’ve been holding back on sharing my writing. I felt that I was writing too much, that I needed to space out my projects. That goes against my natural tendency to get the work out there, to put the work out there, to share what I’ve created.

Some artists feel pressured to produce; it’s the opposite for me. I have felt pressure to hold back, to only publish work that’s “perfect” (hint: no piece will be perfect; perfection is a terrible goal and measuring stick); that saturating the market with my writing will somehow cheapen it. That could be true or not, and these reactions are out of my control.

My doctor tells me to listen to my body; it’ll tell me what I need to do. I should not feel guilty about taking a rest. In the same sense, I’m going to listen to my spirit — to what moves me, to write on my own schedule. Because I’m the one that will live with my choices, not anyone else, despite how well-meaning they are.

This post isn’t to convince you to join my posting schedule to the letter. That will do you a disservice. No, if anything, I would hope this post inspires you to take the time to find out what works for you; to live your artist life for yourself.

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