Hello, fair readers and fellow Young Adult writers. Today I wish to address something that many of us struggle with. The disappointments that come with being a creative person are many, and we as writers are no different. We create, we put our blood, sweat, and tears into our work, along with our very hearts.
And then someone rips it to shreds.
I do not speak of constructive criticism such as comes from our critique partners. No, I mean the subjective "It's not for me," or the blunt-faced "Kids shouldn't read this," or perhaps simply, "It is garbage," with no other explanation.
These come to all of us at one point or another. It could be from a friend-of-a-friend, an acquaintance, or someone you have never met. What we must do is decide how to handle it before it happens.
What type of person are you? How do you deal with rejection and insult? You may not know until it is upon you, but you must try to prepare yourself regardless. Without some preparation you may well find yourself ready to throw your work out a window.
I do not mean to be negative, but realistic. The most important thing to remember in all of this, is to keep writing. If you love to write and tell stories, and it makes you happy to tell the stories you do, then do not EVER let anyone stop you. Never quit just because someone doesn't like it, or doesn't approve, or tells you it's not worth your time.
Because for you, it is.
So when those naysayers and trolls come knocking, and even if someone you respect dislikes your work, take a moment to grieve.
Perhaps throw something, tear a pillow apart, let the emotion out, whatever it may be. Then shrug it off. And go write.