Monday Motivation

the-beautiful-thing-about-writingNot every book you write will become a best-seller. Not everyone will like what you wrote, and as a writer, you have to learn to be okay with this fact. Don’t take negative reviews and comments personal. Instead, just keep writing. Don’t quit and don’t give up. The more you write, the more you know and grow. I can remember back in 2014 when I decided I wanted to try my hand at writing cozy mysteries. I had this story concept that I thought was cute, so I sat down and wrote the book. Once it was published, and readers started leaving reviews, I cringed at some of the negative ones. It was only the second book I’d ever written, so I hadn’t grown my thick skin as an author yet. I took the reviews personal and even removed the book from Amazon.

Then, just when I started questioning myself as an author, a book club left a 5 star review on Amazon and Goodreads for the same book (because even though you un-publish it on Amazon, customer’s can still leave a review) In addition to the lengthy review they left, detailing everything they liked about it, I started getting even more great reviews from customers. I quickly learned that just because a few people decided my book wasn’t for them, they didn’t speak for everybody. Never let negativity stop you from doing what you love. Some people thrive on being mean and leaving nasty reviews, just for the hell of it. There’s no right or wrong way to write, and you have don’t need to worry about getting it right the first time.

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