Handling Negative Feedback (part one)
It helps to remember everyone gets tough criticism. Look up your favorite books on amazon and goodreads, and check out their one star reviews. No matter how successful you are, you can’t please everyone. “No two people ever read the same book.” –Edmund Wilson
Should You Follow a Formula?
Personally, I don’t think formula’s like the “hero’s journey” are necessary. Pretty much every story ends up loosely following this formula even when the author didn’t try, but it still doesn’t quite work for every story. Plus, if everyone used it, all stories would be very predictable. Let your story grow the way you want.
What’s Real Life?
Just some positive thoughts to keep in mind: Just keep on writing, and don’t let other people’s negativity stop you. Even if you don’t “get anywhere” by the rest of the world’s standards, you’ve created something out of nothing. That’s real magic.