I know I’m a smartass on this blog most of the time. I can’t help it. But, I want to be serious for a minute while I refocus my attention to my love of writing.
Last night before I went to bed, I checked out my profile on Goodreads like I do almost every night. I love reading comments from people who have read my books. I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from the readers. Goodreads is a pretty cool place for booklovers, so if you love to read you should definitely check it out. It’s like facebook for readers…on crack.
Anyway, I realize I’m new at this and I have a helluva lot to learn. I hate that I waited so long to actually begin writing. I’ve known since I was younger how much I’ve always wanted to write, I just always had excuses. I guess I was afraid that I wouldn’t be very good. Well, you know what? Unless you’re Chelsea Handler, you can’t be the best.
Dammit! (Okay, reeling the smartass back in.)
It’s really quite intimidating putting your work out there for everyone to see and judge. I can see why so many authors write one book and then never write another. It almost takes the fun out of writing. It takes a lot of effort to take the criticisms and flip them around into a learning experience. But…that’s exactly what it takes to get better. Not just in writing, either. In every aspect of your life. If you can’t use criticism to perfect your craft, then quit crafting.
On the other end of the spectrum, don’t let the praises and good reviews get to your head. Only the bad writers think they’re good and don’t need to get better. Unless, of course, you’re Chelsea Handler.
Oh, good god.
This post had absolutely no purpose whatsoever. If you get anything out of this…let it be to let authors of the books you read know what you think. If you’re on goodreads or wherever…rate your books, leave a review. Make sure it’s constructive feedback. Readers are one of the only avenues between an authors strive to perfect their craft and their growth.