You will get your perfect slice!
I believe the Universe is big enough to hold us all. It can support all of our dreams.
We all have different dreams, motivations and goals.
We all have different styles of writing too.
That’s the way it’s supposed to be.
I mean who would want all Stephen Kings or all Kurt Vonneguts?
There is enough for all of us.
Its when we worry there isn’t, that we run into trouble.
Some writers are bold and wild and out there.Others write with finesse — gorgeous elegant prose.
Some are blunt and to the point.
Some rant and use profanities but can be funny as shit.
Some make you cry with their openness.
Others write with elegant vivid imagery.
Some make you laugh out loud with their bawdiness.
Others make you marvel at their vulnerability.
All writers have a place in this world… In this pizza of life.
So don’t fret. Don‘t worry. Don’t compare. Don’t believe you must please everyone.
I was raised by two parents that subtly gave me the vibe that I had to please everyone. Please the world. ALL the neighbors.
I now realize that was B.S.
We all have our uniqueness.
It’s like comparing a sunflower to a daisy to a rose. All are a part of the garden of life.
Some love anchovies on their pizza.
Others only eat cheese.
Some like all meat, or pepperoni only.
I think about this when I write.
I know not all will resonate with my flavor of writing.
So be it. That’s coooool.
I’ve learned so much about critics and criticism, after publishing my 5 books. I knew I was not some peoples ‘cup of tea’.
Others said the exact opposite that I was their ‘favorite author’ — and then the 5 star reviews started flying in.
Don’t believe what people say about you. Don’t put too much stock in others opinions of you or of your writing.
Their opinions could change.
One day you could be flyinggggg high because someone looooooves you or your work, and the very next day someone could point out everything they didn’t like about you or your writing.
Author John Berryman says this about critics:
‘I would recommend the cultivation of extreme indifference to both praise and blame because praise will lead you to vanity, and blame will lead you to self-pity, and both are bad for writers.’
So, my thought for the day is this.
Do YOUR thing. Be YOU.
You can eat your perfect slice of the pizza while others happily devour their slices.
Its all one big happy PIZZA LAND!
OOOO… pass the parm. hehe