Amazing and insightful post from Jacqueline! Writer’s need to develop armour ” as thick as a rhino” and not be ashamed by what other people say. Writing is our work; even if people don’t realize the time and effort we put into it!
“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”
—Harper Lee, WD
I can’t agree more with this quote above. I know one or two people, who for better want of a word to describe their predicament they ‘are ashamed of saying that they write.’
They are perpetually on the defensive about their hobby and hope to become a successful writer, so they chose to hide it.
Sometimes, I wonder if being a writer is such a terrible thing, except of course when we lop off your head in our stories and paint you black too 😉
For such people, I will say, grow skins as thick as that of a Rhinoceros, if you are definitely sure that this is the life you want to live. It’s grits, nerves and more grits.
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