I recently gave a critique to someone about their story – which was a relatively funny piece – and then I got an email reply to my comments that was loads lighter than the story they’d written. Why was this? Because in the email they were relaxed. They were just trying to get back to me, not trying to entertain or write something important.
The lesson to take away: enjoy what you’re writing, trust it, and relax! If it entertains you, it will be entertaining. If it’s going to be important, it will be because writing from who we are is always important. Yeah, when you start writing it’s often frustrating – but it should be a fun challenge anyway. If it’s not then you could make lots more money as an accountant, for a lot less stress . . ..