What can you do when people pummel your writing? They chose to reject or even make fun of this sacred, special thing you poured your heart into.
Henry Cloud, co-author of the well-known Boundaries book, recently posted this thought on social media:
No doubt he said this in reference to relationships, but it’s true about writing as well. You won’t be able to please everyone—there will always be people who just don’t like your writing style, or your plot, or the way you teach, or the way you talk about God.
But this isn’t a bad thing. It’s a shrug-and-keep-going thing.
When God appeared in tangible form, healed every person brought to Him, and presented the truth of how the world works, not everyone wanted what He was offering. They couldn’t see its value.
So when the same thing happens to us, we don’t have to pick up that rejection and make it part of who we are. Instead, we get to shrug off the painful comments or bad reviews, and keep going.
Yes, it is wise to listen to good advice that will make us better writers, but we can’t allow any words that aren’t from God to rule our hearts and make us tremble.
Like Jesus did, we can gather the people who speak our language and then share our unique message with them. He hasn’t called us to reach everyone—He has called us to reach those He has given us.
What God has given you to say is greater than any negative comment. The bad reviews of the world do not have the power to shut Him down.