Monday, June 22, 2015

Silence the Critics

If you're going to enjoy your life as a writer, you're going to need to shut out certain voices and demolish certain long-held beliefs.

Rules have changed.  Yes, grammar rules should still be followed, but rules about hierarchy have changed.  Those who have been formally published and who do critique or editing work need not be revered as some type of god.  They may feel god-like in their mind, they may be helpful advisers, but today rules are changing quickly and unless they've kept up, their advice might be not only inaccurate, but damaging to your momentum as a writer.

The threat is that those who've held professional positions with publishing houses, those who've been certified by editing organizations, those who've taught courses and been published themselves sometimes think of themselves more highly than they ought to and intimidate new writers.

If you're an emerging writer, shut out intimidation.  If you entrust your writing to an editor or have it critiqued, learn from their feedback, but don't let their advice stop you from pursuing your dream.

Get rid of the idea that only those with a big platform can write, sell an article, sell an ebook or book. So called professional writers may tell you rules they feel a writer must follow, but rules have been broken every day.

Marketers will tell you it's important to follow a set of rules that goes something like this: create a sales page, collect emails, offer a freebie, send out newsletters. Those suggestions might work, but they may just as likely not work.  They may become projects that gobble up time with no return.

Take all the advice you want, but in the end trust your own judgment.  Take a risk.  Write something.  Publish it in a method of your choosing.  Let it go.  See where it leads.

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