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I went to the Hay Festival last week, which was just amazing. I came away with this zen-like sense of calm, which I guess is an indication of just how up my street it was.
But I’m not here to irritate you by banging on about how marvellous it was.
I want to discuss a recurring theme I noticed when listening to various people speak.
Jacqueline Wilson mentioned the English teacher who peppered her work with comments in red pen about her casual use of language and slang. And the illustrator, Nick Butterworth told of how his school jotter would be covered in drawings and his teacher would ask where his work was.
Now I appreciate that part of a teacher’s role is to prepare us for the outside world, so they were only doing what, to them, was the right thing. Fortunately Jacqueline and Nick persevered with their chosen careers regardless of these early setbacks.
But, considering the fragile egos of many writers I guess there are quite a few that didn’t. Who took it as a sign that they weren’t good enough.
I know I was one of those, and spent a lot of years with my creative side tucked away while I concentrated on a sensible career path.
What point am I trying to make?
Well, I guess that you need to believe in yourself. Don’t wait for other people to tell you how wonderful you are because you’ll be waiting a long time.
If there’s something you want to do it’s down to you to get on with it. You may fail… or you may not.
You’ll never know unless you try.
(But perhaps in a parallel universe there’s a me who kept writing all the time. And maybe she’s had the chance to stand on that stage at Hay and talk to people about it… or maybe she’s just pushing a broom across it…)
How about you? Were your teachers supportive of your talents or oblivious to them?