"To write something you must risk making a fool of yourself." -- Anne Rice.
This is an amazing quote for me to read because I can recall a thousand times over the last year that I've questioned what others would think when they read my book. Would my writing be strong enough? Would my characters be convincing and robust? Is this unique enough? Etc., etc., etc. I could tell you all a thousand fears that I've considered while writing this series. Some of them I still face when I see new review. Thankfully, I've grown to realize that not every book is for every reader. Someone may hate my books, other may love them, but like anything in life, you can never please everyone.
There are so many things we do in our day-to-day lives that we alter based on the perceptions of others. While this is a good thing at times because it does force me, and others to get out of our sweat pants on occasion, and to be polite, even when someone may not be deserving; I think that we've clouded the line of when the perceptions of others matter and when they shouldn't.
We are all unique in our own ways. That is what makes life beautiful. It provides us with a wide variance of music, cuisines, books, art, conversations, friends, and so many other things that are so fulfilling to our lives. I know that what I write is never going to be something that everyone is going to 5-star and I'm beginning to learn that I'm glad for that. I want my writing to provoke thoughts and feelings, and sometimes those are going to be negative.
I had a wonderful mentor that taught me we all too often are taught to learn what our weaknesses are and to focus on improving them, ignoring what we really ought to be focusing on which is our strengths.
Even though I will receive low reviews as I continue on this path, I am going to try my hardest not to focus on them. I'm going to focus on the positive ones that encourage and help me focus on my strengths.
The next time you look in the mirror, don't look at your reflection and sigh, or think of what you wish you could change. Look at yourself and see what you've accomplished, and all of your beauty. Stop allowing your weaknesses to talk so loud. Mute them with all of your strengths.