What one tip changed your writing forever?
I changed my writing after I threw away my arrogant mind through meditation.
Meditation has changed the way I write and the way I think. It’s a simple principle. By throwing away my arrogance, I changed my mind and my behavior.
Three years of hard work went into this course.
I started a gathering of amateur writers in early 2020. It’s a group of people who write blogs or essays. Every week, we read each other’s writing and giving feedback. I went to this meeting for a month and left angry. Instead of praising my writing, they criticized and edited it. I wasn’t happy with their evaluation.
I started writing regularly on Quora after that. From the Korean blogging platform to the English one, I thought no one would edit my writing. Fortunately, people liked my essays.
My heart swelled. I meet friends from all over the world who read my essay and say they gained courage from it.
However, I wasn’t 100% satisfied. In the back of my mind, I was always thinking about that writing meeting that I ran out of in anger. As an escapism, I used Quora. Definitely not lighthearted.
Now I’m at a dead end. This is because I recently took on a new writing role at work. As soon as my coworkers saw that I was good at writing, they gave me a new job.
There was a past me at every meeting. Criticizing my writing drove me crazy. It seemed to me that they were unjustly criticizing my articles. My mind was blaming each coworker and trying to figure out their problems. Even if they gave me feedback, I wasn’t listening.
It was at its peak at the last meeting that I looked at my bad habits objectively. I realized I was getting angry at people repeatedly three years ago during a writing meeting.
‘In the last three years, I haven’t changed at all. I’ll be isolated from people if I don’t change my arrogance now.’
That’s when I decided to drop my arrogance. And I worked with people to revise my writing based on their feedback. We had a great meeting that day, and everyone, including me, completed a paper. Everyone was happy, and I was truly sorry and thankful for my colleagues.
I’m free from the arrogance that my writing is my best intellectual product. I’m no longer hiding on Quora, but it’s a great place to connect with people from all over.
Thanks to everyone who’s given me feedback. My self today is a little better than yesterday, and I’ll be a better person tomorrow. I’m grateful to the people around me who help me grow.