I think that self-esteem is a critical issue for writers.
Putting your words in front of others – in whatever form – is a frightening thing. We’re all self-conscious about what we create, and we fear judgement and mockery. Those of us who have a mostly science-centric background also struggle with questions about the legitimacy of creative work. We feel pretentious, self-possessed, and incredibly uncomfortable about using the “a”-word: art.
The consequences are predictable and pernicious.
We keep our words to ourselves, afraid to share them even though we crave the validation of someone else’s approval.
Matt Gemmell on sharing your words.
My husband always gets a little miffed that I always Alt+Tab away from Scrivener or cover up my sketchbook when he’s in the room. But this is one of those things you can never explain to someone who’s not in a creative field… and never have to explain to someone who is. Go figure, I guess.