A Message to aspiring writers

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

And yet….

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

Fatma

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4 thoughts on “A Message to aspiring writers

  1. Nick says:

    It took me years to really be open about my writing. I shared some stuff in an elective at university, and while I was able to share bits and pieces with people across the internet, it was only a few years ago that I felt comfortable enough to share my writing with ‘Real Live People’.

    It did get easier with time, and I agree, all writers should keep writing. If someone asks you why you do it, or what the point of writing is, then they don’t understand.

    Share things on your own schedule, of course, and it’s okay if you’re cautious when you test the waters of beta-reading. Sharing what you’ve written should be a positive experience.

  2. writergrlrox says:

    Thank you Fatma for this honest post. It’s so harsh, how people just don’t get it…I had people tell me I was not who they thought I was BECAUSE of what they saw in my writings…That was a good thing in a way that shows people there’s more to you than what you let on, that you have your own special traits that they can’t be a part of or understand unless they were willing to open their minds, because we’re not all alike.

    I think that’s what scares people, when they see how different you are and how that difference could be measured greatly as opposed to what they have to offer to the world. Does that make writers sound conceited? I think every individual’s self-worth could be measured in a different way, there is no reason to judge someone because you don’t understand where they come from or how they are attempting to communicate their thoughts and ideas.

    I’m talking too much aren’t I? I will post a response to your post on my blog then 😉

    • Fatma Abdulla says:

      You never talk too much hun! ❤ I always love seeing your comments on here (which I LOVE you for btw)
      I've had people like in my life who tell me very harsh and hurtful things in the past and it fed into my insecurities as a writer when I was younger. Today, I'm happy to say that these comments are not as effective as they woudl like them to be … but the thing is, many other writers just get thrown under the bus and all the progress they've made just goes out the window because of one stupid comment. I felt so angry I had to write this to the writers out there who have been told that what they're doing isn't good or not having people understand them

      I can't wait to see what you've got in store for your blog 😉

      • writergrlrox says:

        I’m still hanging by that loose thread, to be honest. I only share my writings with those I know care enough not to destroy me. I bet some therapy could help be get over that haha but in the meantime I am relying on you gals (hope that’s alright).

        I will work on the post as soon as possible and link you 🙂

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