This is advice I can use myself so I feel certain that there are others who need to read it as well. But be warned: this isn’t for writers who are faint of heart.
Want to be a writer? Expect suffering. Lose your illusions and embrace pain. Writing is not always a glittery unicorn hug, and we don’t get what we wish for, we get what we work for. This profession is not for the faint of heart, namely because 1) it’s hard 2) it’s often under appreciated 3) great writing requires us to expose our soft tender parts and hope no one carves them out with a spork.
I’ve said it before. Just because we have command of our native language in no way qualifies us to create a work of art spanning 50,000 to 100,000 or more words. We need to study, practice, apply what we learn (WRITING), and grow a damn thick skin.
Grow Rhino Skin
No matter how well we write, someone won’t like our stuff. It’s just reality. Ten years ago, I went to my first critique thinking every…
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