Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life.
If you’re going to write, don’t pretend to write down. It’s going to be the best you can do, and it’s the fact that it’s the best you can do that kills you.
I’m not talking about the grinding self-doubt of the first draft stage. This is finished, published work. And while it’s the best you can do, it’s never going to be perfect. Not everyone will like it, and they will probably say so. Out loud and in public.
So here is advice I’ve received from seasoned professionals:
Do not read your reviews at Amazon.
How’s that for tough? Stay away. Because your ego is fragile, and you’ll believe what you read. One derogatory remark can shut down your writing for weeks. And over-the-top flattery will make you feel invincible.
Feeling invincible in the age of social media is a problem. (More about this on Saturday.)
On the other hand, you should read and respond to comments at review blogs that feature your book. And you should interact (graciously) on Facebook and Twitter. It’s Amazon and counting those stars that throws writers for a loop.
Have a trusted friend keep an eye peeled for malicious Amazon reviews, those that attack you instead of your work. These can be challenged, although not always always successfully.
DO look at your sales figures–often! Here is where the encouragement lies.
I have a book coming out early this summer, so this advice is a stern reminder to myself.