What if people disapprove of what you choose to write?

“I was built with a love of the night and the unquiet coffin, that’s all. If you disapprove, I can only shrug my shoulders. It’s what I have.”

Stephen King On Writing (158)


5 thoughts on “What if people disapprove of what you choose to write?

  1. I have to tell you, that is a struggle for me. King is talking about subject matter, but my issue is more about revelation. Over much time I have come to believe that the prissy editor inside me that wants me to play it safe (and not potentially hurt feelings, and not reveal flaws because that might embarrass somebody, and not indicate immoral thinking) is not really interested in me becoming a writer. That editor thinks I would be better off as an accountant. Whether you are writing fluff or grit you have to write truth, at least you do if you want to be great. Truth isn’t always pretty but it is what the world needs, and it can come out in genre or in mainstream or literary fiction. King’s stories are dark fantasy, but his characters have truth in them and that is one of the reasons I love him. That, and he wrote that great book On Writing. 🙂

  2. I struggle with the thought that people will judge me for writing truth in fiction, so I started out writing my darkest, secret thoughts into novels and short stories I never plan to show anyone. I think that helped me a lot, because it revealed the truth about what’s inside of me. I don’t think I even knew until I was willing to write the things I was honestly passionate about.

  3. The truth will indeed set you free. IMO, regardless of whether your genre is fiction or non-fiction, writing from the heart will never lead you astray. That inner-voice is like a guiding light; it will take you where you need to be…the right place at the right time.

    Do not be concerned about the potential disapproval of others. There will always be naysayers with a different perspective. You’ll find that people will be both cruel and supportive as more and more become exposed to your work. That’s just the nature of the beast. The key is to gear your material toward like-minded people, in other words, your target market. Once you know who they are, you’ll never lack for support or encouragement. Not everyone is going like what you write, but then again, not everyone is supposed to.

    I wish you the very best in your writing endeavors!


  4. I sometimes think about that, too. Since I haven’t had my current blog going long, I am “safe” so far, but I know the time will come when one or more readers will feel free to make a negative comment or disapprove of my topic. I do believe that when that happens it will be beyond my control anyway, and I’ll leave it for God to handle…I am getting better at handing things over to Him all the time. Hugs, GraceinAZ

  5. I think this is one of the reasons we are to strive only to please God, not men. May He guide you on His perfect path to the good things He has for you (including what He has for you to write :))!

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