My name is Abigale Darnell, aged 20 years. I have been writing in many forms since I was a little girl. I aspire to be an honest, informative, and relatable writer.
What do you want to do with your life?
I have always been reluctant in sharing my art with the world. I encounter beautiful aspects of life and create vulnerable writings. For years, they have been hidden to collect dust in my closeted notebooks. Why go through the trouble if I never unleash them?
A stranger once asked me who I wanted to be.
“I want to be a writer,” I confidently responded.
“So how are you going to get there?”
I assured him that I am consistently working on pieces and considering publishing them. When asked why I had yet to do so, I was startled. I had never entertained the reason.
I concluded that I was nervous of potential criticism. My art has always been personal; I am very protective of it.
“Just do it,” he insisted. “It’s like swimming for the first time. You jump in, swallow some water, choke a little bit, but you learn. You learn, so you swim.”
Excuses sound best to whomever is making them. Vulnerability may be daunting, but my comfort zone is hindering. It is said that we should figure out what scares us and move toward it with great speed. I would be damned to wade in the shallow end a second longer.
“My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with.”