Fiction Writing Tip #18

Keep things in perspective.

Whenever I am tempted to take a bad review to heart, I remember that someone once penned and published the following review of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird:

“Just a bad read. Spend your time on a better story.”

Suddenly, I am reminded that even one of the greatest works of literature cannot please every reader. Why should I expect so much of mine?

On the flip side, whenever I start getting a big head after reading a rave review of one of my books, I remember that someone once wrote the following review of the movie Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, & Blonde:

“Funny and entertaining with a good message.”

Lesson learned: favorable opinions do not a good work make.

So stop worrying about such things. Just work hard and do your best. That’s the gift you can give, appreciated or not.