I have been working with a lot of authors lately who have just been breaking my heart, and I felt it necessary that I wrote an inspirational post to try and counteract what I have been hearing.
So many times in today’s harsh writing market, authors are torn apart and treated as lesser if their story is not something that a certain reader or critic likes, and this leaves the author feeling as though they are lesser of a person or an artist. Well, I say that is bull shit, because every author deserves to love their writing and their stories, and don’t you dare let anyone take that away from you.
It is true that many times writing is seen as more of a business than an art, but I don’t think that is right. As a writer, you don’t need to try and prove to anyone that you are good at what you do or that your imagination is valid. Remember why you started writing in the first place, and I can almost guarantee that it wasn’t to try and prove yourself to anyone. More often than not, you started writing for yourself and the pleasure that it brought you. Your story is valid, your story is art, and no one can EVER take that piece of your soul away from you. Sometimes readers forget that books ARE a piece of an author’s soul, and by criticizing the story in a negative light that isn’t helpful but damaging, they are emotionally wounding the author.
Therefore, my point with this post is to remind all of you authors out there that you are important and that your stories ARE vital. Everyone may not love your book, but you aren’t writing for everyone. You are writing for that one person who feels alone and turns to books for comfort. You are writing for that one person when they come across your book and find that it filled a hole within them after reading it. But more importantly, you are writing for yourself and the void inside of you that writing fills. Writing is therapy, your stories are golden, and don’t you ever let any one person tell you that your writing or story doesn’t matter; because they do. They matter to me.
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