Artists are brave, any type of artist. Singers, actors, dancers…they work tirelessly to reach a level of skill that will inspire an audience and despite constant training and effort they often receive rejection, sometimes for years at a time. Does this sound familiar, writers?
Human beings shy away from critique or criticism. It doesn’t feel good to be told you aren’t good enough, You’re not getting it yet, It’s not quite there. Sometimes it’s a blatant attack (some critics add a dose of chili powder!) But artists forge ahead. This includes us, writers. We are artists. We create. It can take years to learn and a lifetime to perfect, but we forge ahead because we love the craft. We learn to listen, take notes and improve and even in certain cases ignore what is being said about our work.
Bottom line? We are brave. It takes guts to put yourself out there in front of a world who expects perfection, who expects to be “wowed”. We work sleepless nights, rewrite, edit, trash, begin again, cluster, research, character build- our hearts go in deep with a very realistic possibility of being crushed and we still move on.
Take a moment to pat yourself on the back. You’ve written a book (or haven’t given up yet). THAT in itself is an enormous achievement! Keep going! You may hear complaints. But as much as they may complain…the world needs us, and we are the only ones brave enough to endure the road to applause!