WRITING TIP: Meet your own standards — not someone else’s.

WRITING TIP: Mett your own standard's - not someone else's.
Many of us are intimidated by writing, thinking we need to write “literature,” or meet the exacting standards of some imaginary panel of experts. While learning about craft can be a valuable pursuit, adopting standards that are not your own takes you away from your center of gravity and the source of your real work. You don’t have to be highbrow or meet the standards of an invisible judging panel: writing doesn’t have to be a contest of virtuosity. You can do it to learn and to communicate. You can do it for fun. I like Ray Bradbury’s advice to aspiring writers: “I don’t want you to be a snob about anything. Anything you love, you do it. It’s got to be with a great sense of fun. Writing is not a serious business. It’s a joy and a celebration. You should be having fun with it. … It’s not work. If it’s work, stop and do something else.”