It’s a human, Universal truth: we want to be liked. We want to be respected. We want to be appreciated.
We don’t want to be judged.
When you’re writing, when you’re putting your precious message on to paper, it’s natural to think about the person at the other end of the message. The one who will be receiving it. The one who’ll be reading it.
And you’ll wonder…
What does that person think?
- What does she think of the message?
- What does she think of the writing?
- What does she *gasp* think of me?
At some point, your brain will start to think of all the ways that mythical, future reader will be judging you. Comparing you to… somebody. Dissecting your message. Evaluating your grammar. Eviscerating your typos or sloppy prose.
It’s a terrifying thought. To know that somebody is reading your words.
It’s often enough to keep fledgling writers from writing at all. Never mind that it’s impossible for somebody to peer over your shoulder and see your words as they’re appearing on your screen or in your notebook.
Projects stall out. Stories stay unwritten and messages unshared.
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All to keep from being judged. To prevent anyone from forming an opinion about you.
Being judged is scary and unpleasant.
I’ve been judged. I’ve had bad Amazon reviews, mean emails, and negative comments left on my blogs.