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Michael Nielsen on audience, fears while writing, and feedback

Michael Nielsen on twitter:

I’ve felt those things! Rather sharply at times — it’s so much harder to write without a good audience! Of course, sometimes writers create an audience, & that can be a beautiful creative act. I love this quote from Ted Carpenter:

“Artists don’t address themselves to audiences; they create audiences. That artist talks to himself out loud. If what he has to say is significant, others hear and are affected.”
Edmund Carpenter, in his foreword to They Became What They Beheld

via @vihartvihart’s They Became What They Beheld: Medium, Message, Youtubery

On risk: good writing is often risky. It’s inherently transformative: you think things through so deeply you create a unique point of view. That’s scary. What if people are offended? Or think you’re stupid? Or wrong? But it’s worth the price, because in return you get personal growth

I don’t say these things lightly. In my archives I have multi-thousand word critiques (mostly email) from people I admire greatly… telling me how disappointed they were in something or another I wrote. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that hurts. But worth it, IMO.