When I was but a lass
· I was enthusiastic about learning.
· Eager for guidance and advice.
· Bursting with energy and vitality.
As I transitioned into my teen and young adult years
· My open-minded attitude for input waned.
· I found myself more sensitive to criticism.
· I discovered that the world revolved around me, and I could do no wrong. It was truly amazing – as was I.
The next stage of adulthood was more humbling
· I learned that I did make mistakes.
· I was expected to clean up after myself when such a thing happened.
· I experienced disappointment; both the effect of and as the cause of.
These life lessons ushered me into the stage I’m currently in
· Now I work hard.
· I stay honest.
· I try to recognize my mistakes when I make them so that I can fix them.
· I’m learning how to ask for help.
When I was but a beginning writer
· I was excited to write.
· I read craft books, attended workshops, joined critique groups.
As I transitioned into the next stage of writerdom
· I grew sensitive to feedback.
· Suspected some input was personal.
· Thought I could do no wrong. My writing was truly amazing – as was I.
Then I entered the stage of writing that allowed me to
· listen to feedback,
· identify my mistakes,
· learn from the research and from my education.
Now, the writer that I am feels so different.
· I’m mature.
· I’m focused.
· I work hard.
· I’m honest.
· I love to support others.
· I write, it’s cruddy, so I revise, I look for input, I listen to all of it and apply most of it.
I was struck by the similarities of the journeys. The maturity process in both adventures has such similar arcs. Has your journey through writing mirrored your journey through life?