Thursday, May 31, 2018

Your Job Is to Create by Linda Williams Jackson

A few years ago, my daughter created a lovely sketch of one of her friends for her 16th birthday party. On the day of the party, my daughter changed her mind and didn't want to present the sketch to her friend.

"Why?" I asked.

"She might not like it."

"That's not for you to decide beforehand," I told her. "That's for the person who's receiving the gift to decide. Your job is to create."

A painting my daughter gifted me for Mother's Day

Telling my daughter those words opened my own eyes. So many times, I simply don't want to show up and do the work. Writing a book is hard, especially when you fear that no one will like what you’ve written. But you know what? It’s not my job to worry about who will like my creations. My job is to create. And so is yours.
So create and submit. Then allow the recipient of your creative work to decide whether it's right for them or not.
Until next time, happy writing!


  1. Good advice! So many times I'm imagining how my writing will be received before I've even written it. Self-doubt can just kill creativity if you're not careful.

  2. Your daughter is a very talented artist!

  3. How wise you are, Linda. Thank you!

  4. I love this! Veery wise words.


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