I have had my sail knocked out a few times from sharp words and would find myself drowning in an ocean of tears. I always have the best pity parties in which I down the world’s largest BLT sandwich and inhale a Boston cream doughnut for dessert.
This my friends is the most unhealthy way to deal with any setbacks or criticisms in your life.
In the past two years I have taken the slow road to staying on the healthy track and back into the daily routine of writing. As I rewrite the last chapter of my book and begin to format it for my shrewd selected readers to review. I recognize that I am a sensitive creature, I know my failure pattern, and this time I refuse to fall into the BLT sandwich trap.
I have developed my own strategy for dealing with the upcoming critiques and setbacks:
- Focus on what my readers like first and then take the bad news about the book. It is then I will go back to the editing board with grim determination to get it right next time.
- If my reader compares me to smelly cheese just remind myself that I was once compared to Norwegian Carrot Cake.
- Resist the urge to inhale any form of pastry within my vicinity and go for a walk.
- If the critique is full of red ink it is imperative to have lots of tissues, go to a cozy place, and let out that loud ugly cry.
- At the end of the day if the words still bother me I vow to put on some upbeat music, dance, and deal with it in the morning.
One of the lessons in life that I keep learning over and over, again is that not everyone will like you or what you write. The trick is not to let it keep you down. It’s a big world! Create what you love and someone is bound to like it.
Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/darciecameronlovesyoga