I wanted to write this post because I feel that this is something that I want to address.
When I was 4, I shared my first story with one person and one person only.
When I was 16 years old, I began to write again, but I wrote under an alias and no one outside my family knew that I was writing. I’ve never shared my work with any of them.
When I was 19 years ago, I began to write my first novel and was more open about my writing. I have never shared anything of my writing to anyone
It was only when I was 21 years old when I decided that I was not going to hide what I’m passionate about anymore
Therefore, I began to tell the world of my writing and I began to share my work with others and be more open.
A large part of why I didn’t share my work is because of my insecurities, something that everyone has in them, especially writers. I was so scared that if I wrote something I would be criticized or people would take it the wrong way.
But most of all, I think I hid it because I didn’t have people around me who shared this passion.
It is partly why I started Untitled Chapters, to find these writers and to create a place where Emirati Writers can find each other.
Today, as I see more and more writers come out, my heart is just filled with joy.
Young writers, teenagers are beginning to open up about their writing despite their insecurities and fears.
I couldn’t be more proud to see this and I can’t help but be happy that there is a large number of young teenagers who are open to express themselves. I just want to go up to all them and provide all the support that I did not get because I held myself back
I see a lot of them; do indeed get criticized for what they write by people that surround them, people who are supposed to support them. It wouldn’t be a problem if these comments would be constructive criticism, in fact I would encourage those. I am talking about people who are making statements that feed these young writer’s insecurities and make them slowly go back into shadows.
To these writers I say:
Don’t listen to these people. You were able to tap into your imagination and creativity and be able to create something that is a part of you, which will most likely live forever on paper. Every writer gets criticized so you shouldn’t feel that you are not good enough. If a loved one criticizes your work, sit down with them and make them understand what writing is all about, what fiction or poetry is.
And if they don’t listen to you, then I’m sorry to say that, you don’t need that person in the writer side of you
Identify the comments that are constructive for your writing and don’t listen to the ones that are just there to bring you down.
Just never give up on what you love.
Just keep writing
To those people that criticize writers for no reason or assume false aspects in the piece that these writers have written:
I would understand if you don’t understand what fiction writing is or what disclaimers mean.
However, if you do understand what fiction writing is all about and understand what a disclaimer is, then I have to say shame on you. Shame on you for wanting to bash young writers just for your amusement or because you have no sense of your own self-worth so you want to bring others down.
I actually feel very sorry for you
I just needed to get that off my chest, I might be harsh in the last bit but I do feel angry whenever I see these displays acted upon writers just to bring them down
Until next time