I love all of my stories.
Not everyone who reads them is going to love them, or even like them for that matter.
That is a hard thing to accept sometimes. As an author, I thrive on feedback, and I desire for people to enjoy the stories that I write. They are very much a part of my heart and soul. I put myself into every story that I write. It so often feels like an attack against my stories is an attack against me. But as an author, I need to learn to have a thicker skin. Yes, my stories are a part of me. But that does not mean that when people dislike a story of mine they dislike me.
I am learning to have the confidence to accept criticism without taking it personally.
On one hand, criticism can, in fact, be useful. I can learn and grow from it. On the other hand, criticism of my stories does not equal criticism of me. And even when there are those people who don't like me any more than they like my stories, they don't define me.
I am not defined by criticism.
I am not defined by those who dislike me.
I am not defined by my stories.
I am defined by my Creator. And I am learning to have confidence because of that and let everything else fall like so much water off of a duck's back.
This is an interesting post! I'm not an author, but I definitely have a hard time taking criticism. This is a good reminder for everyone, in some regards. :)ReplyDelete
beautiful post, Amanda.ReplyDelete
thought humbling our hearts to accept correction is often so difficult, it can used very well to our advantage!
also, what a wonderful reminder that we are defined by who we are in Christ.
Thanks, Ashley! :)Delete
I agree it can be very difficult to accept correction, but as you say it can definitely be to our advantage. God can use so many things to stretch and grow us, just being willing to listen is the key. :)