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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 - E30: For Every Creative, The Stakes Are Incredibly High
The Writer's Lens - E29: People Are Always Looking To Take Advantage Of Your Dreams
The Writer's Lens - E28: My Regrets With Self-Publishing
The Writer's Lens - E27: The Stigma Of "Daydreaming" And What It Means To A Creative
The Writer's Lens - Interview 07: Colleen Ward, "Find Your Lane"
The Writer's Lens - Post-Interview 06 Thoughts
The Writer's Lens - E26: Have We Romanticized "Darkness" In Our Stories?
The Writer's Lens - Interview 06: Immanuel Mullen, The Story Is
The Writer's Lens - E25: Are Artists Important for Society?
The Writer's Lens - E24: Science Fiction Writers - Innovators of Imagination? Or Dark Prophets?
The Writer's Lens - E23: We All Wish We Could Be The Hero
The Writer's Lens - E22: Good And Evil In Story
The Writer's Lens - E21: Worldviews, Ideas, And The Psychology Of Creating Stories...Now, Did You Get All That?
The Writer's Lens - E20: "Be Unique"; "Be Yourself"...Wait, What Does That Even Mean?
The Writer's Lens - E19: I Want What You Have; I Want To Do It Better; and I Want You To Fail
The Writer's Lens - E18: Do You Have Deadlines? Or Creative 'Checkpoints'?
The Writer's Lens - E17: Should We Separate Art From The Artist?
The Writer's Lens - E16: Who Is Rooting For You?
The Writer's Lens - E15: Can Writing Be Considered a Spiritual Experience?
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