Don’t let the buttheads get you down.

Working with other people can be tough. Trust me. It’s like that for most people.

Feel better yet?

Look, you’re a star. No matter how dimly you may think you’re burning, you are a writer.

If you write, then you are a writer.

You are not an “aspiring writer.” You write; ergo, you are a writer. Simple, huh?

And that makes you a star. You do something that most other people only dream of doing.

So when people start criticizing you for your work, take a minute to think about their criticisms. Are they valid? Are they constructive?

If not, then you may have to take their words with a grain of salt.

It’s okay if it stings. It happens to even the best of us.

But really think about why they’re criticizing you in the way that they are. Take a minute to think about their attitude toward you and your writing. Are they always negative? If they’re always a certain way, then they probably aren’t evaluating you to the best of their ability. And if they’re not doing that, then why are you listening to them?

If their comments will help you be a better writer, then take them in that context. They want to help. (Most likely.)

But if you just hear “Blah blah your writing sucks blah blah,” then take a step back and figure out what’s valid.

If you don’t, then you’ll be stuck behind, running the race with people who don’t want to be there.

You’re a star. You are unique. You can be wonderful if you keep on going. Don’t let the jerkfaces get you down. They just don’t want you to get ahead of them.

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