Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: What – so far – has been your proudest moment as a writer. Or, if that’s too tough to narrow down, what’s your proudest “kind” of moment?
Jamie Wallace: There are few moments that make me feel what I would define as “proud.” Most of the time when someone compliments my work or tells me how much it’s appreciated, I feel a mixture of gratitude and relief. I am grateful that someone understood what I was saying, enjoyed reading it, and appreciated the effort it took to get whatever it was down on the page. I am relieved that I didn’t screw up. I often feel a sense of accomplishment (and the corresponding contentment) when I complete a project, but it’s not exactly pride.
I feel pride related to my writing not so much because of what I’ve written, but because I’ve written at all. I feel a certain sense of pride in the fact that I have found ways to incorporate writing into my crazy life consistently and creatively since I was seven years old. It makes me proud when I manage to carve out a few hours each week to attend a writing class or work on a personal writing project. And, yes, I feel proud that I have built a writing-based business that has allowed me to earn my living for the better part of the last decade.
So, I guess the pride is in the process, not the product. And that’s just fine with me.
Lisa J. Jackson: I have two particular moments that stick in my mind. The first is an article I wrote about my passion for candlepin bowling for the high school newsletter. Loved seeing my writing ‘officially’ in print for the first time and knowing it was being read by more than my teacher and a handful of classmates. Part of what makes it leap to mind is the anxiety I felt when the newsletter was distributed. I was extremely quiet/shy and this moment made me feel as though I were standing on a stage, spotlight blinding me, and nowhere to turn. Terrifying yet thrilling at the same time. I’d been published!
The second moment was a lot less scary and about a decade later. It was when I say my first byline on an article in a local newspaper.
I still have both articles and each gives me a large sense of satisfaction. Actually, each new project I complete, whether my name appears on it now or not, makes me quite proud. And knowing the client is satisfied (or more than satisfied) with my work definitely keeps me smiling and striving for more similar moments!