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You gotta have thick skin when you're a creative. If there's one thing I lacked early on, it was thick skin. The ability to take criticism - good or bad - and keep moving forward. Taking criticism is paramount to a writer's long-term success. Hearing it; absorbing it; applying it.
But, there was another thing I lacked even more: patience.
I've always possessed a strange anxiety about my writing. I've often thought that if I didn't write my book fast enough - or publish it quick enough - then some other author might steal my idea. And therefore take my place in whatever niche I was trying to fill. Ultimately, this kind of worry is unnecessary. And highly toxic to a creative's craft.
And in hindsight, as much as I needed to learn the value of criticism, I also needed to learn the value of taking time with my ideas. Not just the good ideas, but my best idea.
The Writer's Lens - E43: The Incredible (And Mind-Numbing) Power Of Distraction
The Writer's Lens - E42: How Do I Get (Over) Writer's Block?
The Writer's Lens - E41: Do I Have To Be An Expert On The Topic Of My Book (In Order To Write It)?
The Writer's Lens - E40: Getting That Idea (Book) Out Of Your Head And Onto Paper
The Writer's Lens - E39: Is Writing (And Telling) Story The Best Way To Combat Evil?
The Writer's Lens - E38: Are Villains More Fun To Write Than Heroes?
The Writer's Lens - E37: Villains...What Are They Exactly?
The Writer's Lens - E36: If We All Know We Are Supposed To Be The Hero, Then Why Aren't We?
The Writer's Lens - E35: What Is The "Hero's Journey?"
The Writer's Lens - E34: Heroes and Anti-Heroes - Which Do You Prefer?
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