When you decide to hold your hands up and admit to being a writer you become aware of just how much negativity is out there. I have been lucky here on my blog but I know lots of people who have had to contend with the trolls, well meant but still painful comments and constructive criticism used as a weapon, I have read reviews that friends have had left on their work where not content with ripping the book to bits the reviewers round it off with a character assassination on the writer.
What these people fail to realise is that as writers we actually are capable of filling more than our own quota of negativity without any outside assistance.
Although many of us have to self publicise we do not believe our own hype, while we tell you how awesome our work is our own brains constantly compare it to others and find ourselves lacking. I personally write twice as much as anyone else will ever see as that lovely delete button proves to be the saviour of several small rainforests.
While we all attempt to believe the positive attitude we know we need to have, negativity is a constant factor dwelling in our shadows gnawing away at our confidence. The hardest part of writing is believing your own work is as good as any one else’s and trying to occasionally persuade yourself it is better than some others.
How do you keep negativity at bay?