I’ve been thinking a lot about the world of writers and writing. I know there’s a lot of competition in the world and a lot of spite and jealousy between authors, a lot of backstabbing, a lot of griping and sniping. Maybe I’m naive, but I’ve always believed that there’s enough room out there for everyone who wants to write to just go ahead and do it. There are readers for everything: every style, every genre, every piece of work.
There are people who enjoy my writing and people who don’t. Some people appreciate it while others fail to see what’s good about it… and that’s just fine. No one’s work will be universally loved; if that’s what we’re looking for as writers we’re bound to be disappointed. Of course we don’t love the rejection letters as much as we love the acceptances, but we have to take them for what they are and learn from them. The same rule holds for critiques. Everybody’s got an opinion, and who am I to say one is less valid than another just because I might not like it?
Maybe I feel this way because I’m new as a published author. Ask me in a couple years if I still feel the same way, but right now there are people who’ll read my work, people who won’t, people who might some day but for whatever reason say not right now. All of that’s okay by me. What I really want is for everyone who has a story in their heart to go out there and tell it. You will find a reader for it! Don’t worry about comparing yourself or your style to anybody else. Be your own unique voice and write the stories you love to write, and there will be readers who love to read them.