Gatekeepers, Critics, Edges: Why I Avoided Writing Essays for 10 Years

For 10 years, I let two teachers and my inner critic decide that I could not write essays. Last year, I finally faced that edge, only to find there's a place for me in essays after all. I wrote more about it for The Writing Cooperative. If you've abandoned a form of creativity because a gatekeeper or critic stopped you, reconsider. Go back to the tug that drew you to create in the first place. Can you find another way in?

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