Be You

Hey, everyone!  I just want to give a quick shout out to anyone who has followed, liked, or commented on my blog!  You guys are awesome:)

Today, I’m going to talk about overcoming critics.  So let’s be honest here, no matter how good of a novel you have, there is going to be someone out there who does NOT like it!  It’s just a fact of life.  Not everyone likes the same things and some people are vocal about how they feel.  Don’t listen to them!!!  That’s their own opinion.  A negative comment does not mean that you have a terrible story and that you need to start over and literally change everything.

If you are a young writer, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t write because you aren’t old enough or that young writers can’t write well.  When I hear people say things like that I just have to take a step back and think, “So who wrote the Eragon series?”  “Wasn’t Anne Frank like 15 when she wrote her famous diary?”  Any experienced author was once an amateur who just kept writing and didn’t give up.  Just saying.

Am I saying that you should never accept criticism?  No.  Constructive criticism is beneficial.  All authors have an editor who will go through and check for punctuation errors, plot holes, etc.  Cool.  Awesome.  But if you have somebody just straight up trying to change your story, well, that’s not so good.

Your writing can only be unique if you write the way that you want to write.  Don’t write for others.  Don’t completely change your manuscript because somebody told you to.  Just be you.  (This goes for life as a whole as well.)

Good luck to all you writers out there!

~Nightsong

 

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