Two of these tips I want you to remember are from writers—Mark Twain and E.B. White; the other one above is from Steve Jobs.
There’s always “stuff” going on in our heads as we write: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sometimes when our writing is thriving and it’s good, we feel fantastic. Other times when we’re feeling bad, we start to believe we are writing the worst story imaginable. And then, there’s the ugly stuff: thoughts we’ve heard people say to us, discouraging comments that have been made, or a general sense that people turn their noses up at what you are striving to do.
These are all real things, and they happen.
So, today’s quick Sunday post is to remind you to keep your head up. Do your best work. Focus on the positive things that are being rolled into your stories. Don’t let your energy get sucked dry by the opinions of others.
Remember, it’s important to be a good writer, but even more important to be a good editor. Your stories will come together. All it takes is the time to write, the dedication to completing the project, and then a good red pen to make the fixes.
Hang in there. You can do it.
Stephanie Verni is the author of Beneath the Mimosa Tree, Baseball Girl, Inn Significant, The Postcard and Other Short Stories & Poetry, and an academic textbook Event Planning: Communicating Theory & Practice, published by Kendall-Hunt, that she co-authored with colleagues Leeanne Bell McManus & Chip Rouse.