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Posted on May 6, 2015 in Blog |

When People Hate You and/or Your Writing

I’ve seen a lot of talk lately from authors who feel that they aren’t loved for what they write or who they are, and in fact feel hated for what they write, or who they are, and that seems to have led them down some unfortunate paths.

I don’t really want to hack on people by name, but I do want to say that if you’re a writer, you’re going to run into a lot of people who don’t like you, who don’t like your work, who don’t like your values, or the values that they think you represent (correct or not). You’ll run into the people who wish you’d change and be something that you’re not, who wish you’d write something different. Something faster, something slower, something more thoughtful, something less thoughtful, something more fun, something less political, something more so. You’ll run into people who will tell you that you’re doing it wrong, and who will scream out how dare you write x or y or z….

And your response as a writer is to keep writing. Write things you care about. Hone them. Make them better at what they do well. Sell them! Get them out in the world! As they say: haters gonna hate. But if you keep writing, you’ll also find the people who love your work, and who support it, and want you to succeed, and want you to keep going because they love the stories you create. Don’t spend time trying to win over or prove something to people who don’t like your work. Just put out more work that you love, and enjoy the fruits of meeting the people who like it. Do the work. Just do the work.