Monday, June 8, 2015

Be Yourself

Writers need a constant reminder to be themselves. So, here’s today’s reminder. 
Peter Leavell

Be yourself
Why write a novel, short story, or bit of publicity that isn’t you?

A few days ago I was chatting with a fellow author. I’d been feeling low and my creative juices weren’t flowing. Her reply was insouciant. “I’ve seen your Facebook posts. You’re trying to make people happy instead of just being yourself. You’re a goofball, normally. That’s what we like. Just be yourself.”

Truth—I wasn’t having fun.

The feeling of I must please acquisition editors or sales boards will hate this can change a happy attitude to one of frustrated servitude. The feeling had given me a bad attitude.

And then I overhear a conversation between editors—I’m tired of getting the same tired writing and stories, over and over.

Be yourself.

Of course, I’m taking it for granted you’re still hitting the books to become a better person. And I trust your relationship with Christ is forever growing.

If you’re not doing those two things, consider being someone else who does, because bettering yourself is important. Besides, they’re having more fun.

WARNING: There is a fine distinction between being yourself and connecting with your reader. You can't just write whatever comes off the top of your head and hope for the best. Your writing must be understandable. I took ten years learning to write so readers could understand my point.

There’s only one you. Why hold back the pleasure of getting to know you?