Ok, pet peeve time. Whiners need not read any further!
I stay positive because I’m working on a public persona. Whether it’s on Twitter, my FB author page, or on a group, I’m rarely going to vent publicly because I don’t see a reason for it. The rest of the world doesn’t need to see me melt down. It’s a public face, and it’s necessary in the writing business.
That being said….
I really dislike whiners. The people who want to be writers but refuse to do the work, complain that they have to change ANYTHING about their work, or make such a noise on a public forum that everyone runs over to hold their hand and boost their ego.
Everyone has problems at home/life. We all have bad days. But, anyone trying to develop a public persona needs to learn fast to hold onto the smile even if you’re ready to throw your books at the next idiot who asks the same question you’ve heard sixty times already today.
You really need to have a tough skin in this business. I’ve learned that already. You need to be ready to smile and be polite to someone who tells you that your work made them want to throw up. If you expect your ego to be stroked every time you’re in a bad mood, you’re in for a rude awakening. The bestselling authors will get that, yes. Am I a bestselling author? Nope. Not even close. Haven’t even cracked the top 100 for fantasy on Amazon. So I’m not expecting a public forum of any kind to hold my hand and tell me I’m great and wonderful just because I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.
I think I’ll go make dinner now. Or crawl into a steaming hot bath. Not sure which.