Are you a good judge of your work?
March 4, 2019

It never fails. If I’m sure that what I’m about to share is useful, it falls flat. If I’m sure it’s lame? The opposite. The lamer it feels, the more likely it is to strike a chord.

Which makes me wonder if people hunger so much for inspiration as reassurance they’re not alone in needing it.

Every time I sit down to write I think, “Well, here goes nothing.”

I’m not alone. Dave Barry used to periodically announce he can’t write anymore because he sucks at it. Dave Barry! But maybe Dave had people like I hope you do, who keep saying, “No. This is good. Keep going.”

Steven Pressfield puts it this way: “If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), ‘Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?’ chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”

Fear can be a lovely companion if you remember it’s a sign you care.