One thing I’ve learned about writing is, you have to take off the world’s cloak and find yourself beneath it. Or as some might say, find your writing voice amid the noisy silence of opinions. How did Lincoln put it? “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”

When you write from the strength of your soul with purpose, that purpose will reach out and touch who it is meant to touch. There will always be some critic somewhere who is not going to like your work for whatever reason. But that’s okay. Because at day’s end if you have a passion for writing, you’ve given it your very best, and the results make you happy after the one-hundredth edit. So long as you know you gave it your very best effort— That is all anyone can expect.

Once you stop killing yourself with perfectionism and start a diet of vision and purpose; you will get to your destination. Some of the best books I’ve ever read weren’t on the New York Times Bestsellers list. I had to learn early in the writing game that just because a book is not on the bestsellers list does not mean it is not a good book. I’ve read some books from the New York Times Bestseller’s list and found them unarguably good. But then some weren’t, It’s just like when you watch the Oscars and the movie you know should’ve won didn’t then you scratch your head in wonder. It is all in one’s perception. But if in your writing vision you have that bestsellers list in your sights…Please do not listen to the naysayers. By all means, follow your heart with purpose and go for it!

Opinions are not your reality.

The writing world is limitless. It is people’s opinions that can put limits on us if we permit them. I believe it was Tolstoy that said He never chooses an opinion; he just wears what happens to be in style. Always remember. Opinions are not your reality. Don’t make them a self-fulfilling prophecy. And don’t let them get inside of your head until all the good books you could write are on the outside of your mind floating in clouds of preconceived discouragement and fear. With confidence and conviction Just write what happens to be your style.

Then keep pecking those darn keys until you reach your perception of success.

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  1. Lovely. To add onto this, there were many bestselling books that I’d found not to be to my tastes, which gives me so much freedom in my own writing, because following this logic, even if I write something that sucks (in my eyes), I could still make the bestseller’s list someday! Thanks for this post. I enjoyed it!


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