It’s a never-ending quest to find that one thing that everyone likes. Something that would appease any man, woman, or child the world over. Every single person is different though, and I doubt there is any one thing that every single person likes. When we write stories, we write them with the intent that every single person who reads it will love it. That’s the way we want it to be, and what we tell ourselves. It’s alright to strive for that, but it’s important to keep both feet on the ground while your head is in the clouds.
Point blank, there are people who will not like your book. I’m not talking about people who are just being mean for the sake of it either. Real readers, who have read lots of books, and have nothing but praise for other books in your genre, will hate it. There will be comments, some published and posted, others only said where you’ll never hear. To top it all off, there may be no good reason other than it just didn’t do it for them.
And that’s alright.
It’s not fun to see those comments, but if writing were all sunshine and rainbows, everyone would be doing it. Don’t be discouraged by them though. It’s impossible to placate the palette of every single reader out there. Some will simply accept it wasn’t for them, and say as much should they review. Others will rip you and/or your work up one side and down the other. No matter what they say or how they say it, it’s important to remember they are just one reader. One reader who is entitled to think whatever they wish about your novel. That is the nature of art, to be displayed and judged by all who view it.
Be sure to absorb what is actually being said by that reader though. Some people just like to be mean, and those comments or reviews won’t do much for you. The ones that will though are the genuine, honest comments about why the reader didn’t like it. Negative comments and low-scoring reviews are a great place to learn about flaws your writing or writing style may have.
There is always more writing that can be done, and we grow and change with each word we write. Today’s dissatisfied reader may be tomorrow’s fan. It’s all about opening up yourself to both the good and bad of writing, learning from it, and compounding that experience into your next work.
I’m Benjamin C. Andrews, an author sharing my writing knowledge with others. Visit http://magicjarpublishing.blogspot.com/ for more writing tips and tricks, and other quality information.
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