Friday, the 5th, I posted this comment and question on my Facebook wall:
I had many responses and all of them proved very interesting:
Gaye Sharpe I don't. My writing is a flow yielding many streams, but I am a being, living, residing within the world. Whatever our words reveal, they do not show all of who we are. :)
C Michelle Jefferies While I don't base my self worth on how others view my work it is cool to find someone who LOVES what you wrote. Definately stokes my ego.
Bethany Wiggins I have learned not to, but it is a hard thing to do!
Jenn Adams Wilks Yes, I do that. No, I shouldn't. Thanks for the timely reminder! :D
Elana Johnson Yes. It's hard not to. A lesson I'm sure I'll have to learn sooner or later. Le sigh.
Marsha Ward There's always the initial twinge at a bad review or disparaging remark, but you do get over it and realize you are not your book.
Bryan Coltrane That is the reason I never let anyone see my writing. I have tons of stuff, that I care not to know others opinions of.
Marsha carried a very encouraging dialogue with Bryan after his reply.
I know I tend to let others' thoughts affect the way I feel when they read my stuff. I've seen authors feeling low after one bad review. And how we feel after several rejections. It's tough to keep a positive outlook because no one likes the feeling of rejection.
Writers are a tough lot. We have to be. Remember always, that what you have is special and we must try not to let others' views bring us down.
A saying my dad always used:
"You can please some of the people some of the time, but can't please all of the people all of the time."
I'd love to know your thoughts on this. Do you let the others' view of your books affect you?