Don’t be bullied by other writers! Do what you love!

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I see opinions like this all the time on writing groups and it irks me to no end. The idea the idea that someone else has the better opinion about your creativity is not only absurd, but it shows that they feel as if their view on the universe is the right one and yours is not. When it comes to opinions like this, the simplest answer someone can have is usually the correct one. What is the most basic, simplistic feeling about writing (or any art) someone might have when it comes to actually creating it? Well, how about, actually creating it! That’s all that has to be done. When you were a kid and you’re scribbling pictures on a piece of paper, using your imagination to create an image on a piece of paper, you probably weren’t expecting to get paid for it. Likewise, when a thought comes to your mind about a character, a plot, and you develop images that you want to put to the page, your first thoughts probably weren’t of money. Your leading thoughts might be how can I make money off of this?, yes, but, you have to create it first. All secondary concerns after the creation don’t have to be taken into account after the imagination strikes.

Nobody’s opinion about what a writer is counts except your own. To this guy, being a serious writer, for him, means making money, but this goes back to bullying. You’ve probably been on a writing forum and had someone tell you all about what you need to do in order to match their perception of what a real writer is, what a real published author is, and what real publishing actually means; whether it be an actual publishing house, a vanity press, or something straight out of your own website. Listen carefully because I’m about to give you the best advice about writing that anyone can ever give….

Your opinion, and how you see yourself creatively, professionally, and subjectively counts more than any other persons opinion in the world. A serious writer writes what they want to write. If your fingers are on the keyboard and you’re enjoying what you do, whether it be a fan fiction, a mere twenty-page story, full length novella, or a poem, you’re serious about what you do already. Don’t try to build yourself to the expectations of another writer, publish where they feel is real, or only write for the same reasons they want to write; be your own person! Stand up for yourself, and don’t be afraid to tell another opinionated writer with their thoughts about how you aren’t good enough, to get lost!

Rules many readers wish Science Fiction Writers would Break

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Often, we hear that writers have these special rules in which we shouldn’t break in order to develop a good story. The above link lists rules that are best left broken along with explanations on why and how they should be broken. This is of course, opinion, but it’s a good read for any writer who wishes to consider traveling the path less traveled.

Nothing is ever wasted in writing.

I have a file in my computer called “The Novel Graveyard”. You aren’t alone. Most of these files are filled with ideas I can come back to and pull from in order to make better stories later. I see it not as a trash can but more like an Aviation Bone-yard; a lot of loved things sitting in one spot that aren’t trash, but more a place I can pull ideas from in much the same way a functioning F-18 can take spare parts from failed ones. I’ll come to this place for abandoned characters, story ideas, scenes, and styles that I think of using in future novels that can use these characters, story ideas, scenes, and styles much better than the failed novel that was originally placed in the graveyard.

So next time you feel that a novel isn’t your best, or if you feel as if your story isn’t connecting with you as a writer, don’t throw that book away! Create that file. Who knows, you may even come back to that story and finish it. If not, there is still gold in that file and it will pile up over time! Trust me… As the years go by, and the published novels, stories, poems, and articles pile, so will that file and it’s not all trash. Keep it all safe where you can get to it. It may even help you overcome the dreaded ‘writers block’ that you may occasionally encounter.

Are you a writer? Do you write? You’re a writer!

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You know you’re a writer when hypocritical posers in coffee shops that spend their time making memes about how writers know they are writers — when the checks start rolling in, start to critisize you and then get angry; angry for realizing that you don’t care what they think, because your fictional characters are more fun and meaningful than their opinions of your success — or how much money you make.

I’ve seen a writer torn to shreds and quit writing based on the opinions of others. Every writer know this. If your fingers touch the keyboard, if you strive to be creative, if you are open to learn new tricks of the trade, and if you’re willing to push yourself for your story — you will have a good story and you’ll be a better writer day by day.

That’s what being a writer is.

Being able to pay your rent with your writing is about being a good business man (or woman). Edgar Allen Poe went his entire life without being famous and was well under the radar. Emily Dickenson only published seven poems while she was alive. Make no mistake, these people were writers before they died, and they weren’t living in mansions either.

If you write, you’re a writer. It’s very important to me that this message is made clear. I was too chicken to tell someone off back in 2001 when I watched him laugh at a poor young girl that wrote great fiction, and I promised myself that I would never let anyone else suffer the same fate again if I could help it. Success isn’t a proper measure of your ability to create and produce.

It’s imperative that nobody be let down based on the success of others’. I encourage everyone that want’s to be a writer to write. And when you’re done with the first chapter, you are a writer. Continue being a writer; write the books, stories, poems, and messages and pay no attention to the haters. What they’re doing is hating, what you are doing is creating entire worlds. And if you get famous, remember, you were a writer a looooonnngggg time before those checks came in and you should encourage everyone who wants to be a writer, to be a writer.