I've been meaning to do a post on self-esteem for a little while. I went to look it up, because I really hate to be wrong about things when a little work can help me can avoid it. And one thing you pick up after years of grad school ... definitions are important. If you can't define something, how can you study it?
So. Self-esteem. Oh, goodness. Google it, and you'll get tons of definitions.
I'm going to go with this one: a person's overall evaluation or appraisal of his or her own worth.
Now, please, please tell me, friends, and just give me the first answer that pops into your head: How's yours? Is your overall self-esteem high or low?
And now, tell me this: Is your self-esteem as a writer higher or lower than your self-esteem in other areas of your life? Why?
Does your self-esteem (overall and in specific areas of your life) change by the day or is it constant? Has it changed slowly over time one way or the other? Does it depend on external events, or does it come from inside you?
You don't really have to tell me if you don't want to. But think about it.
I'll talk about this more on Friday ...
And for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog this month, a fascinating question from Lydia: “In my writing, I have never______” or, in reverse if you so choose, “In my writing, I always______.” Laura's doing her post this week, so be sure to check it out!