I had a really awesome post idea for today that I wanted to share with you today. But being me, I didn't write it down. So now I can't remember what it was.
Anyways, I decided I'm going to write a post today about not being afraid of what you write. In case you're confused here's what I mean.
Don't be afraid of how others will perceive your work.
If you want to write about that subject then go for it. My latest WIP involves a lot of blood and violence. Not that there's a lot of fighting, but the culture involves a lot of taboo subjects and things people might get squeamish about.
For a while I was worried that people wouldn't want to read it because it involves human sacrifice and things that go along with that. I even describe it in detail during a couple parts of the story. But then, I've been thinking: just because someone else wouldn't want to read this doesn't mean I shouldn't write it.
So then I've kept the parts and decided that if they need to be taken out later on, they will. If not, I'll keep them.
Your writing is awesome regardless of what someone else says.
No matter what the reviews say or the comments you might get, your work is still awesome. As long as you think so. If you want to write about something you're passionate about or something that you feel needs to be included in the story, go for it.
Everyone has an opinion and not everyone is going to like everything that you write. That's life. But the other thing is that there's at least one other person out there who will at least like what you write. For everyone person who doesn't like something, there's another who does. And that's okay.
Keeping that in mind, you should still consider the other side. Even if someone completely hates your work, you should still accept their opinion and consider what they're saying. Maybe they can offer advice on something that you missed or something that needs to be worked on. Their opinions and comments can be just as helpful as praise.
Don't let it go to your head.
This goes both ways. Don't let praise go to your head and think you're the best writer out there. There's always something you can improve on or learn. Even J. K. Rowling isn't the best writer out there and she probably still has things she can learn or improve.
Don't let the negative comments get to you either. Just because someone doesn't like something you wrote doesn't mean you're the worst writer ever. You're not. And don't even think about throwing that work away just because someone said they didn't like it. It may not be your best ever, but its still good.
And if you have second thoughts about your piece, take a step back, breathe, and look at it a second time. Maybe not right away, but give yourself enough time that you can look at it with a clear head.
Writing takes practice just like anything else and you can only improve by reading and writing as much as you can. You cannot get worse.
Also, keep in mind that you're not alone. There are thousands of writers out there and remember this: for every published writer, there's another thousand wanting to be published. That may or may not be true, but you get the idea.
Everyone has their ups and downs. Some days, I feel like the worst writer out there. And other days, I feel awesome. That's life too.
So in short, remember these key things.
- You're awesome no matter what someone says. Writing and in life in general.
- Don't be afraid to write what you love. You never know, you could change someone's life.
- You're not alone. If need be, find other writers you can talk to who understand.
- Writing takes practice. If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again... and again.
- You can only get better.
- Life is full of ups and downs. Its how we respond to them that matters.
- There's always something to learn or improve on. Unless you're God.
- Every author started like the rest of us: unpublished and with a story to tell.
- Don't give up. Dr. Suess got over 200 rejections before The Cat in the Hat was published.
- On earth, the sky is blue.