“If you’re gonna do it, do it live on stage. Or don’t do it all.” – Neil Fallon, Clutch
I love negative reviews. I love trolls. I love people who point fingers and say that my writing sucks. SUCKS. I love when people cringe over my stories. I love when people give vindictive nasty reviews. Do you know why? It’s because someone read my work. Someone actually read the thing I wrote from my laptop. Someone took the time out of their busy schedule to read something I wrote and took a few extra minutes to say my stuff was garbage. Negative reviews aren’t negative. They’re just reviews. For every negative review, I have 20 glowing reviews. I’m grateful for those too, and can certainly focus on that fact.
I like what I wrote. That’s all that really matters. I put in the research. I developed the characters how I deemed fit. I outlined the drafts and beat out the scripts. I fleshed out my scripts into novels. I did it. No one else. Me.
The quote above is from one of my favorite bands of all time, Clutch. “If you’re gonna do, do it live on a stage. Or don’t do it at all.” Go Full Force. Don’t worry about what people will say about you. If they’re talking about you, either positively or negatively, I have one thing to say. CONGRATU-FREAKIN’-LATIONS. You did what you were set out to do. You did it, live on stage. You gave it your all. You wrote what you wanted, what was going to satisfy you. You weren’t sitting and waiting for someone to do it. You created a plan and implemented. You did it, live on stage.
Don’t do things to look for approval from other people. If you are confident, reviewers will notice. Your confidence will ooze from the pages. They will be able to smell it off their Kindle. If someone doesn’t like what you wrote, that’s their opinion. Cool. Good for them. You know what you should do? Go write more, and be satisfied with what you wrote. Write for you, and everything else will fall into place. Go do it…live on stage. Or don’t do it at all.