With the exception of certain universal life experiences, no other process has been quite as humbling as learning how to write well.
Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; wisdom is humble that it knows no more. William Cowper
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Criticism can be brutal, confusing, and sometimes even helpful, but I believe only a humble writer can learn something from it. You have to be open to the process, and that means you need to set your ego aside.
Then there’s the whole rejection thing, and how you’ll probably accumulate dozens or more rejections for every acceptance you get.
Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble. Shahrukh Khan
I’ve wrestled before with the idea of the arrogant writer, and still believe that writers are guided by the hope that our words have meaning rather than the expectation that they do simply because they’ve been recorded.
I’ve never had a humble opinion. If you’ve got an opinion, why be humble about it? Joan Baez
After all, our first amendment right to write is a privilege not every one in this world enjoys. To have the time to indulge in writing is another privilege not everyone has.
I know that writing has humbled me. Not only in what I do and do not know, but also in the knowledge that the odds are so very great. Each and every time someone further along in their career takes a moment to reach out to me, I am humbled.
Am I alone in feeling this way? What is it about writing that has made you humble?