The thing with criticism is that it isn’t always a bad thing. There’s the type of constructive criticism that gives you advice on how to improve your work, then there’s the type of useless criticism that gives you advice on how to change your style of writing altogether. The latter’s just a waste of time. NEVER change your style of writing. The style is what individualizes you. It’s what makes your work yours. When you change your style of writing, you run the risk–one that would be really stupid to take–of losing something that could have made you stand out.

Do not let a single person’s negative criticism bring you down. A single person’s opinion is not the rest of the world’s opinion. There have been a lot of now famous authors whose works were rejected by publishers. There’s Stephen King, who received more than one rejection for “Carrie.” According to one of the publishers who did not accept what Stephen King had to give, “We are not interested in science fiction which deals with negative utopias. They do not sell.” That publisher must have experienced a great deal of regret when Stephen King’s book did sell…over a million copies. J.K. Rowling, too, had her share of rejections. Bloomsbury only accepted her manuscript because of the CEO’s eight-year old daughter.

Thing is, the negative criticisms shouldn’t matter. Just because a dozen people don’t like your work doesn’t mean you’re not a talented writer. That doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with your style. It just means that they don’t like your work. Simple as that. Criticisms that were made to bring you down are only opinions of people who don’t truly have the power to say that the whole world will hate your story. They’re entitled to their opinions, and you’re entitled to reject them as they’ve rejected you. They do not rule you, nor should you let them.

You can forget all the 320 words I’ve typed down before this, but pay attention to what I will type next:

Remember the positive criticisms, for they will make you smile when you begin to doubt your skill. Ignore the negative criticisms, for they are not worth the depression.

Fight for your story, especially when no one else is there by you to fight for it. When people see how much determination you put in making them see what you see in your story, they will move over to your side. If they see something worth fighting for, they will fight for it.

Go out there and make them see why your work, your style, is worth fighting for.


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