How to Deal with Haters as a Writer

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Many people that want to write are afraid to write because they have a concern about what other people are going to think of their writing. This is the wrong way to approach writing. No matter what you write and say in your writing, there will be someone out there that doesn’t like it. I will show you how to deal with the haters and how you need to embrace this hate and keep writing.

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”— Ernest Hemingway

Your writing is Art. No matter what you are writing you are creating art on the page. If you’re writing a novel, you’re creating something that is inside of yourself and you’re trying to get this vision on to the printed page. There will always be something that you write which people will not like. You cannot please everyone and you shouldn’t try to please everyone. you will beat yourself up and never write anything of substance if you are constantly afraid of being criticized. When you write, criticism comes with it. You may put your best effort into a book and it will be slammed by the critics because this is what critics do. It is their job to be critical of works.

You’ve probably heard of food critics and other types of critics. you might have watched food shows and seen just how critical these people can be with certain dishes. For the normal individual, these dishes are probably way above what they normally eat. The critic is there to dissect every part of that dish. If the dish is not absolutely perfect in every way they are going to be critical of it. The same goes for your writing.

There will always be a critic out there that is going to slam your writing no matter how good it might be. Even the best authors in the world get slammed by the critics every so often. this is why you have to brush off these critics and keep writing. Your best answer to a critic is more writing. Much like the chef you are creating your own version. A chef will create their own dish while the writer will create their own work on the printed page.

if you have your work published somewhere, ignore all of the reviews. You’re going to have good reviews; you’re going to have reviews that are in the middle and you’re going to have poor reviews. If you have a lot of poor reviews, you will have to analyze your writing to see where you went wrong. In many cases, poor reviews could indicate that your writing has something that you need to address. This might be grammar mistakes, spelling, or problems with the structure of your writing. For the most part, you should ignore reviews because everyone is going to have an opinion on your writing.

No matter what you write, there will always be a hater because this goes hand-in-hand with writing. If you obsess over every one-star review, you will never accomplish your next piece of work because you will be obsessing over that one poor review. That review doesn’t mean that your writing is bad it simply means that someone has an opinion about your writing.

Non-Fiction Writing

For those that are not writing novels and are creating articles and other content online the amount of criticism that you can face is even higher than what the novel writer is faced with. This is especially the case if you were talking about controversial topics such as politics other world affairs. In this case, criticism can be absolutely huge and you may feel swamped by the amount of negativity surrounding your writing. Be warned, in today’s world this is a hornet's nest.

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” — Voltaire

Whenever you write about a controversial topic you were simply stating your own opinion. Your opinion matters and you should not feel the need to suppress your opinion no matter what the consensus is about the topic. You may be one of only a few that have a different opinion on that topic but you should still feel free to express your opinion.

Create Dialogue

if you don’t express your opinion on certain subjects, there can never be a dialogue about that subject. We can never improve ourselves or our environment if we refuse or are afraid to express our opinion. You have freedom of speech so you should express that speech and let others know how you feel about a certain topic. Others may use words against you or call you names but this is because they are simply not willing to listen to you. It’s a sad state of affairs when we close our minds to the opinions of other people. Nothing will get done and nothing will change if we don’t open our minds, hearts, and ourselves to different opinions.

This is why you’re in a unique position as a writer. You have the ability to research topics and to form your own opinions about them. You should feel free to say whatever is on your mind. You may face severe backlash but that is okay. You are simply expressing an opinion and in this world today we need to express our opinions more than ever. It is not hatred to express an opinion. I think that we have gotten away from what true hatred actually is. It seems that anyone that has an opinion different than yours is somehow full of hate. This is not the case at all.

Present Facts

It’s more important than ever in this world to present the facts. People today don’t want to hear the facts they want to shove their heads in the sand and be an ostrich. We don’t want to acknowledge the problems in our world. We want to create our own little bubble and live in it without taking into consideration all of the problems that we face as a society. If you’re going to write something, present the facts to the people that are going to read the material. You should also try to present these facts on both sides of the spectrum as this will give those reading your material a better understanding of what you’re trying to say.

“The pen has always been mightier than the sword but sadly in today’s journalism the ink is sponsored.” ― Amit Abraham

Conclusion

Stop trying to please everyone. This is simply not possible. If you’re not willing to stand up for what you have to say, don’t say it. If you’re going to be a writer, then be a writer. Don’t nod your head and be a follower. Get back to what real journalism and real writing is all about. You’re presenting facts, you’re stating opinions, and you’re trying to show both sides of the story.

One of the most valuable individuals in today’s society is the free-thinking writer. You are in a unique position to help society through these dark times. Don’t be afraid to write what’s on your mind. Create a dialogue with other individuals is this is the only way we can move forward. Your writer so to hell with the critics, just write!

Brian is an online writer and blogger. In his spare time, he plays guitar and goes camping. Visit him at : https://www.lamacraftwritingservices.com/

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