What do you like most about your writing?
Yeah, right. I’m not falling for that! Just kidding!
I have loved writing for as long as I can remember. I feel like it’s always been in my blood. Would you believe I struggled a lot with how to do it properly and hated it as a result for a few years? That happened after we moved to England. It was a culture shock for me to learn that 10-year-olds were expected to have excellent writing. No harm done though. When my Mum went back to homeschooling me, she held me to high standards. My Dad did too.
To my surprise, when I repatriated to California and did a test for community college, I was placed into First-Year English with flying colours! I would often feel insecure about my writing throughout my community college and four-year university education. Then, if we had to do peer review on each other’s papers, I would find my writing was better than most. I thank my parents for holding me to such high standards. People have told me things like my writing is, “Master’s Thesis level” or “Harvard level”. It just naturally happens. I don’t know why.
The funny thing is though, even with all I have done with writing, I had never considered showing my writing to the world. The constant societal message that writing isn’t “useful” really wore on me. Plus, the higher the standards I reached, the more my imposter syndrome happened. I had never considered doing a blog until I decided to embrace my TCK identity. Recently, I have found another way to continue writing that I can enjoy and it can be profitable too. You’re probably asking, “What is it?” THAT I’m not falling for! But watch this space!
So, my answer on how I feel about my writing. I feel this sense of exhilaration when writing about cultural things and my multicultural experiences. I don’t think I will ever run out of content. Yes, I have imposter syndrome, but I feel that writing about what makes me happy is the best thing I can do!
So, that’s my answer. What do you think? What do you like most about your writing?