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  1. Oh, it’s going to be a long time before I can get there. I’ve just paid up for a competition this September and I constantly need recognition for my writing.

    It seems to be the only area in my life where I am still that 13 year old boy being bullied at school and with no self-confidence at all.

    The writing was the first tool to escape that world outside that was so cruel and in some ways it is the last that wishes to return.

  2. I know exactly what you are talking about. I’m not saying I have rid myself of the need for recognition, affirmation, etc. Oh, trust me, it’s there in a most pathetic sniffling way. I think every person who creates serious work deals with this. I could write pages and pages about this, really, because I think creativity is how we manifest the divine within us. Every person’s creative work should be honored and appreciated as an expression of Self. So what if it’s not technically perfect? That’s like saying that if you can’t express your Self in the highest manner, then you really shouldn’t express it at all. The act of creating is where the real magic is, and in a community of support people will continue to create, and develop their own style, their own voice…they will continue to access that wellspring of creative energy within themselves. That’s what is so important.

    As for dealing with that need for approval, I’m not sure what to say. I’m as desparate for it as you are. Myabe even more so (Let’s have a competition about it!! *lol* ). But I don’t need approval or recognition to create, and neither do you. So I decided I’m not going to listen to that whining voice anymore. It takes up so much energy!!! And it’s never satisfied. At least, not yet. How many awards would I need to win for it to be satisfied? How many paintings sold? How many poems published? For how much money? F_ck it!!! I just want to paint and write and live.

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