Today’s advice for writerswrite
Remember that you can’t make every reader happy. If you have folks besides your mama or an ex-girlfriend who owes you money or coffee-shop co-worker dude who has a crush on you saying that your story is fun and well-written and satisfying–I’m talking about regular readers and other writers here–then you’re doing something right.

If someone else mentions a few things that could have been better, so be it. If it’s good criticism (and believe me, there is a lot of invalid criticism going around) take what you want, leave the rest. At the end of the day, it’s your story, and though knowing your audience (or audiences) is important, you can drive yourself nuts trying to please everyone. I went through a phase of trying to make my genre stories “literary” because I work in academia, and when things took a better turn for me it was because I just said, “Fuck it. People can call it what they want.”

-Brady Allen

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