Over the Christmas break I made my way to Ikea and bought myself a new desk (which I love). After I went through the way-too-long process of building my new desk, I went through the even-longer process of cleaning out my old desk. It's amazing how much
crap stuff I had accumulated. Most of it went into the trash, but I found something that certainly was not trash.
I found an envelope that had over 25 pictures that my friend Rachel from Secret Scribblings had drawn for me. These pictures were all of characters that I had created for the first story that I ever wrote (and finished!). The story may not have been top-notch quality, but Rachel read every bit of it and gave me generally positive feedback. Part of her support for my writing was drawing these literal character sketches. I almost (and I mean almost) feel bad for abandoning that story. Regardless of the fate of that story, these pictures are too good to go to waste!
Just look at them all! They're so amazing and colourful! You should totally click to enlarge the photo and take a good look at all of them individually.
Okay, so this post is mostly an excuse to share these photos, but I did want to touch on how important my friends were to developing my (still somewhat shaky) identity as a writer. I've never totally been 100% open about calling myself a writer or a blogger, especially when I was a young teen. I don't know if it's because I thought people wouldn't take me seriously or if I was just shy. Whatever the reason, I was going to get any affirmation from adults that I was a good writer, because they didn't know!
The only way that I gain confidence something is when someone tells me I'm good at it. This might sound a little dependent on others, but when you think about it, it's the truth. We might recognize a spark of talent within ourselves, but we don't truly believe it until someone else says it. I did share my writing with my friends, because they were safe (not like scary adults, tehe). My friends, Rachel included, helped give me that affirmation that I needed, even if my writing wasn't really that good. I'll always be grateful that they gave me that encouragement that I needed as a young writer.
No matter how old you are, when someone shares their writing, it's so important that we encourage them. My friends' kind words were what helped me want to become the writer that I am today. Have you had good experiences with encouragement from friends? Bad ones? Do you have story drawings? Tell me all about it in the comments!
Reading: The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Listening: Alabama Shakes
Watching: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings (extended edition) #sendhelp