Harrumph. Harrumph. Oomph.
Sorry, I had to get past Kanye West's ego to talk to you. It's getting harder to do these days. Not only does his waste product continue to smell like fresh marigolds on in a freshly mown field -- well, according to him -- his marriage to Kim Kardashian means the combined ego factor has multiplied exponentially. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the entryways in their mansion are something like 20 feet wide to incorporate their inflated heads and, um, Kim's, well, glutenous region.
Actually, if you take away Kanye's occasional rants against award winners, and his strange public remarks, and the sunglasses you want to rip off his face and just smash with your feet until you ... ahem ... you can learn something from Mr. West -- some ego is good in creatives. Now, this doesn't mean I want you to go out and say things like "I don't like books, so that means reading is bad." Rather, this being a blog about writing, I want you to say things like "I wrote something, that means my writing is good."
Look, you want to be a writer, be it a freelancer or a world-renown author. You're not going to do it by constantly telling yourself that you suck and that each draft you finish is worse than the one you completed before. You're also not going to get it done by listening to others who tell you that no one is ever going to read your stuff or you're not going to make a career out of it. If that was the case we wouldn't have folks like our very own Kerrie Flanagan, Teresa Funke, and Patricia Stoltey or Stephen King, Joanna Penn, or, dare I say it, those folks who produce the very successful 99 cent adult books on Kindle.
A little bit of ego is needed before, during, and after the writing process. However, this doesn't mean you need to lose your humility in the process. Heck, I can be the most humble person on the planet. Yet, when I get a compliment on something or feel a piece of writing is great, I need to walk sideways through a doorway in order to fit my inflated ego.
So, the next time you feel the urge to toss your smartphone into the trash when you see an image of Kanye West, pause a moment, and acknowledge his proper use of ego. Then throw your smartphone into the trash.
Do you feel ego is needed in creativity?
My Kanye moment for today: I'm featured in an interview at the website Literary Fort Collins where the writer calls me a local hero. Talk about an ego booster!