Something I’ve always found myself doing is beating myself up in my writing and often trying to describe myself. I’m rubbish for looking at myself in a positive light since I still see myself as an 8-year old kid wanting to play Nintendo after school.
In my Technical Writing college course, one of the assignments was to detail building a wooden deck. After waiting until the last day to do the 10-page paper, I did the research, and understood why I am not a carpenter.
See? I did it just there.
Anyway, after writing in painstaking detail how to buy tools, the different types of woods used, the footings, different codes and regulations depending on climate, and little details like the spacing between the boards and how far from the house the footings should stand. After writing it all, proofreading it, and reading it out loud to make sure everything sounds right verbally (a neat trick for editing, for when you need another one..) I titled the paper:
“Why I shouldn’t build a wooden deck.”
…And submitted the paper.
The response? “Beautifully written technical document. Except, don’t ever self-depreciate. No one wants to read how you hate yourself. Especially since it’s the title of the paper. If you’re going for humor, it’s failing.”
At first, I was like “Heh..old person.”
Then, I thought about it…I don’t typically like reading stuff like that either… Maybe he’s got a point.
I’ve done this forever.
So, I’ve made it a point to not only stop self-depreciating in writing, but be more positive and think of myself in a brighter positive light.
Hopefully, it’ll show in my writing without losing the comedy.