Harsh Truths Can Make You Better If You Don’t Quit

Use pain as a teacher.

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“Your writing is raw.”

Someone you admire left the comment that your writing is raw. If he enjoyed what you wrote, wouldn’t he have said, “I enjoy what you’ve said here”?

“Your writing is so cute.”

Cute? Someone you think highly of thinks your writing is cute. Aww shucks, well color you pretty in pink with bows in your pigtails, wearing your fancy new dress, lurping on a lollipop. Cue the Lollipop Guild in munchkin land because they are so cute you want to pinch their adorable cheeks.

“People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel,” — Maya Angelou

Keep Practicing

Practice every day. Write every day, or you’ll never measure up. You’re left feeling guilty for each day life stepped in, and you didn’t write. And, here’s the rub, you still don’t know what you don’t know. Maybe you’ll pick up the nuances in time, but if you watch someone who’s already successful, you’ll get there a lot faster.

Learn Skills

It takes more than a desire to be a writer. It takes skills too. You have to struggle through the teaching and move to the application step. You can stay where you are or move to the next level. And, there’s always a next level, even for those you think have arrived. As long as you keep moving and learning and growing, you can’t go backward. Forward motion is good motion. Let those ugly comments we’ve all heard be the kick in the pants you need to move you forward.

Whisper Hope

Offer techniques. Teach skills. Give hope.

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