“What I don’t understand, Stevie,” she said, “is why you write junk like this in the first place.” – Ms. Hisler, Stephen King’s high school principal (from King’s book: On Writing; A Memoir of the Craft)
Stephen King’s career as a best-selling author might have never taken off if he paid serious attention to the shaming scorn he received from Ms. Hisler. She didn’t like his first, 8-page launch into the world of horror and supernatural, retelling the story of The Pit and the Pendulum. She considered it trash, and made him return the twenty-five cents that each of three dozen students paid for his first commercial venture.
So it goes.
We all deal with shame. When you create, when you step forward to do good work, there’s always someone out there who will try to make you feel lousy about it.
But it’s not your problem; it’s theirs. Shame gets its power only when you accept it.
You are enough. Get on with your wonderful life.