A Brazen Act of Writing

I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it.
Edgar Allan Poe

Any kind of performance in the arts – sculpting, writing, acting, painting – all require an element of self-confidence.  Every time we put something out there, we are showing the world our psychological underwear.  The unmentionables show and you have two choices – you either run away in embarrassment or brazen it out as a fashion statement.

Writing is a brazen act of confidence.

We write from our id and ego.  Sharing pieces of ourselves that might never come to the light of day.  Outwardly, we seem ‘normal’, contained, or quiet.  On the inside we are kings and queens of our domains.

Be brazen and confident in what you do.  If mistakes happen? Correct them and move on.  Tell the stories that are thronging in your head.

Enjoy the journey and let your psychological underwear fly!



  • We absolutely share a piece of ourselves when we write, much like an artist puts a piece of himself in his masterpiece. Knowing this, I can now appreciate other’s writing, and willingness to write, so much more!

    • The act of putting ourselves out there, truly sets us apart. Thanks for visiting! I hope you come by often.

  • Love “psychological underwear”! LOL. I really agree with you that when we write, we are sharing those pieces of ourselves that even our nearest and dearest seldom know or understand. We are vulnerable, and yet constantly putting our vulnerability ‘out there’ for the world to see. It’s a crazy journey, but one that I’m loving. Nice piece, well done. ~ Julie 🙂

    • Thank you, my friend. I fly my unmentionables proudly. 🙂

  • Fantastic post! It’s true, writers put all we are out on display. 🙂

    • Thank you! I love the fact I’m in good company.

  • My mother used to hang all our clothes outside on the line to dry…including our underwear! It was horrifying!! However, you have a good point..if we put it all out there, we are true to ourselves and what we create is authentic.

    • Sorry about reliving the childhood memory. 🙂

  • And when we keep writing, even after beta readers comment on our still-developing underwear (drafts), then we know we are writers, not aspiring writers. 🙂

    • Exactly!

  • This is a very uplifting message Leila! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thank you my friend! 🙂

  • I really loved your analogy in this piece, ‘psychological underwear,’ *laughing*. I will bookmark your page for further reading in the future–thanks!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by. I show my ‘underwear’ a lot in my writing. It’s cathartic. Thanks again.

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