by Michelle Griep, @MichelleGriep
Ahh, the writing life. What a dream. Making up stories and drinking coffee all day in your pajamas. It doesn’t get any better than that, eh?
But hold on there, Hoss. The writing life isn’t always like that. In fact, sometimes it’s downright awful, especially when:
- you get a review disparaging your novel, your morals, and your pet parakeet
- you don’t feel like your writing is being championed by your agent, or your editor, or even your mother
- you can barely garner a like on your Facebook page while other writers are winning awards left and right
When trials such as these dog a writer’s life, the kneejerk reaction is to pat the poor little writer on the head and say, “Cheer up, my writerly friend. Don’t take these things so personally.”
And at that point, the writer ought to deliver a roundhouse kick to the head. Why? Because not only is that sentiment nothing but a big fat platitude, it’s a bald-faced lie. These things are personal, there’s no getting around it.
But again . . . why?
Because it’s impossible to pen an authentic tale that touches a reader’s heart and soul unless the author pours out his own heart and soul into the words. A writer stands before a reader naked; parts of his psyche are embedded in the characters, the dialogue, and especially in the internal monologue. When that creation is rejected — or worse, ignored — it’s normal for the creator to take it personally.
But that doesn’t mean you have to wallow in sorrow. Go ahead and feel the sting, grieve if you have to, then cut your losses and move on. Not everyone is going to “get” your writing.
Writing is art and art is subjective.
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Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of historical romances: The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, Undercurrent andGallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.the next level.