The day I listened to a publisher’s advice…

I learned a valuable lesson in writing. It was to believe in my own style. I submitted a chapter of one of my books for evaluation and initially got a 3 out of 5 star rating. I thought that was pretty darned good for my first book. But, I got what I thought was ‘constructive criticism’.

This was to put more action in the first chapter. I listened, rewrote it, then resubmitted it. I looked back at my review. He (or she) gave me a 1 out of 5 star rating. I was devastated. So, what did I learn the ‘hard way’? You guessed it…

Believe in your own style of writing and just go full steam ahead. Do it your way, as your readers will love and respect you for your originality and style. Write how you like it and don’t think about how people will view it.

Write from who you are. Tell your story in your own way in your own words in whatever it is you are writing. Don’t listen to the so called ‘critic’. Listen to you. Never compromise, write it as you see it. Don’t sell out to anyone or sell yourself short.

You answer only to a higher calling. It’s called art. A glass of wine every now and then may help… You don’t have to be drunk to write, but a little madness sure can be a very good thing…

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