Commonplace Book Entry 10: Ta-Nehisi Coates

“I strongly believe that writing is an act of courage.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates

I think that this quote accurately sums up my relationship with writing. I have always enjoyed writing; which makes sense considering I am majoring in journalism. However, it was never something that came naturally to me. It always required a large amount of effort, but more than that courage. Coates believes this too which is so relatable. As a writer, he understands what it takes the believe that what you have written deserves to be shared with others. It is incredibly gut wrenching to finish your work and then have to go back and read it. This semester I was reminded of the courage and security needed in order to be confident in my writing. I’m not sure that there will ever come a day that I love what I have done but I can now recognize that it took a great amount of courage to get it on the page.  

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