A to Z Blogging Challenge: K is for Knocks
Firstly, happy Friday! I hope everyone has a good weekend planned. Mine will be fairly quiet as I try to get the last of my studying finished for the academic year and make a start on my last assignment. I'm tackling a ghost story, but that's all I can say for now. Today on this A to Z of Nanowrimo, I'm going to write about K for Knocks, because we have all had them and they can completely change what we write or whether we write at all.
If I had a penny for every time someone had knocked my confidence when it comes to writing, I would be minted. Honestly, when you have a dream and you're following it, it can sometimes feel like the whole world is out to shake your confidence. The latest was an Amazon review from a woman who had downloaded a free copy of my book and said it was "rubbish" twice, declared she would never buy anything I had written and asked why I thought I could write. I'll admit, this has been quite damaging in some ways and if it had happened ten years ago, or even six years ago, I would have given up. Thankfully it happened at this point in my writing career and I can feel hurt, because it was quite a harsh review, but also recognise that opinions are not facts. I don't particularly want to write fiction at the moment because I keep seeing that review in my mind, but I'm working hard on my blogs and my creative writing degree.
We all get knocks. During Nanowrimo, you might get so excited about your project that you start talking to people about it. They might be people who have no interest in books or writing (been there!). And because they don't get it they might tell you it's a waste of your time, or that you should be doing something different, or they might ask to see what you've written and then criticise it. Check, check, check. Honestly, I could write a book about knocks because I've experienced them all.
The question is, what are you going to do about them? Are you going to let the fun-sponges ruin your chance of writing a novel? Are you going to let the energy vampires suck all the enthusiasm out of you so that you end the year feeling as crap as they do? Or are you just going to dismiss them and carry on with your novel, which by the way, even if it isn't ever going to be published, is still awesome because this...
The worst thing you write is always better than the best thing you don't write.
I wish I could take credit for that quote but I can't. I heard it somewhere and the quote stuck in my head but the author didn't. It's just so bloody true. Whatever standard your work is, you have a right to feel proud because a lot of people have an idea for a novel. A small number of them actually attempt it and even fewer finish it. You could be one of them. So, for anyone who wants to talk about the knocks they've had, I'm here to listen. Just share in the comment box below. I'd love to hear about everyone else's energy vampires so I don't feel like I'm the only one getting criticised on a regular basis!
Tomorrow we're reaching the end of the second week, thankfully. I'm going to write about L for Loved Ones. Over on Rock Paper Spirit today, I've written about K for Knee High Boots, one of my favourite things!