Criticism Is One’s Opinion

As a new author you probably find yourself checking your reviews to your new novel or new blog post. Hoping and praying that everyone likes your book or post. Hmm….that’s impossible because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. It’s only negative if you don’t find the value in the opinion. I got my first two star rating and the reader loved my character, but felt that I did not tell enough of the story, and things were too unrealistic. The only thing that puzzled me was unrealistic. I thought that’s what fiction is all about,and that’s why you have different genres. Genres such as mystery,paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi just to name a few the list can go on and on. That’s how you know the difference between a reader and a writer. For a non-writer I would not expect them to understand what we feel. I can tell you this. As a writer it takes a lot of courage to present your idea to the world. Yes, it was fine reading it yourself, family, and friends. Now, it’s up for grabs by potential agents, and complete strangers. We write and publish hoping that we are the next Stephen King, Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, and E.L James. As writers we live and are determined to reach these new heights. At least one of these authors gave you the drive and the motivation to tell your stories. Personally I love to read and I have just gotten my hands on my first sci-fi book The Bastion By: Joshua Harkin and I must say I feel like I’m actually there! I love to write and I love to read. I just love it! Happy Writing Everyone! 🙂 

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Crossing The Other Side Of The River

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As a writer you try to gain inspiration from any thing. I have found that driving helps. Since my series is based on the town I’m from.  I decided to go on a ride. Before I knew it my mind was filling with different ideas with every block I passed. Its not safe to drive at night, not in my city.  Ever heard of East St. Louis, Illinois? If not google it or bing whatever you fancy.  Just because I’m from East St. Louis does not mean I’m Ingornant, disloyal, ghetto,or a criminal.  I’m a shining diamond.They say the greatest treasures are in the least expected places. There are a handful of authors from East St. Louis. I think I’m the only one from my generation.  I better not get cocky. Thats my research for the weekend; authors from my city. On another note my friend thinks my series would make a good movie. There is nothing wrong with daydreaming.  Dreams are real and they can be reality.