Even if I hate a book, I try to remember there is a person behind the book, a person with feelings. The other day I read a bad review on one of my books. I was so depressed afterwards wondering if they were right and I should stop writing. I know all writers no matter how good get bad reviews here and there. But it still bothers me. I really should stop reading my reviews. I just like to know what people are thinking about my books so maybe I can make some changes.
I know, I know. I shouldn't write my books based on the opinions of other people. But it's hard to write without thinking about these reviews and what people have said. Little nagging thoughts bombard me as I try to write a scene. "Is this good enough? What am I doing? What makes me think I can write?"
Okay. This is what makes me think I can write. 1. Two different teachers accused me of plagiarism because they thought my essay and short story were too good for someone my age. 2. Other kids got their hands on a script I was playing around with for my favorite soap, and they thought it had actually happened on the show and I had copied it. 3. Writing intensive classes in college helped me pass history and geography. 4. I've been told by fans of my books that they love them and want more. So what do I have to say to people who hate my books? Simple. Don't read them if you don't like them. It's like what Stephen King said about bad reviews. He just shrugs and says, "This is what I've got."