I just recently saw a post on social media from a fellow author asking if anyone else has felt like giving up writing after a bad review of their work. If you’re a writer, you know exactly what I’m talking about. That moment you decide to take a peek at your book reviews and your stomach bottoms out making you feel like someone just kicked your prized poodle. It’s not a happy feeling to say the least. Some throw things to work off the anger and disappointment, and others turn their vocabulary into a colorful array of curse words. Writing a book is a labor of love, it’s something that drives us authors to the brink of insanity. It tears us apart and glues us back together within a few measly pages. But it’s also something that frees us from pain and inner demons that we’d normally keep hidden from the outside world.
Have I ever thought about giving up when that one star review comes in? Of course I have. I wouldn’t be a writer if I didn’t. But what does it mean when I see that lonely gold star? Do I throw in the towel and walk away? No. I continue to trudge forward because this is my dream. Somehow I was given the opportunity to do what I love, I refuse to turn away just because someone out there in the world hated what I put on paper. Let’s face it, not everyone will enjoy your words. There are books that I love and ones that I loathe. That’s how the world works. But I get it. I get that it is a slap in the face and seems like a disparaging situation when it happens to you. All I can say is to hold your head up and celebrate that misstep. When I got the first one star review on my newest novel, I made a post on Facebook about it. I didn’t complain, I didn’t run the reviewer down the rails because of her opinion. I simply said that I was thankful for that star. It could’ve been zero stars. Each negative response to your work can be turned into a positive. You can take the storm cloud, push it out of the way and paint a rainbow in its place. You’ll have days when life seems too much and writing is the least of your concern, believe me, I’ve had arm loads of those. But if you give up, you’re only failing yourself. So take some time away for a bit. Figure some things out and reevaluate your writing. That reviewer might have a valid point; something you could improve on possibly.
Have I always been a positive person? No. But I’ve learned that going through life feeling disappointed won’t cut it anymore. If I feel like giving up, I pull up my big girl panties and show everyone that I can overcome this. Remember to celebrate even the small victories when you write. Write from your heart and soul but most of all, write for you. Never let others lead you astray from what you feel in your bone marrow is right. Keep putting magic on pages for the world to see.
Peace, Love and Pages.
C.D. Taylor is a small town girl who loves the quite country life. She resides in Southern Illinois right on the Mississippi River. Writing for her started when she was in High School, and was mainly poetry. She has a wonderful supportive husband and a 10 year old son. Writing a book was originally something to check off of her “bucket list” but morphed into somewhat of an obsession. When C.D. isn’t writing, she always has her nook of ill repute in her hands catching up on the latest spicy novels.