I’m sure there are writers somewhere out there in Writerland who don’t give a rat’s back tooth about what readers and reviewers think about their work. I can even half convince myself sometimes that I don’t care. But the truth is I’m an egotistical narcissistic selfish bastard who longs to be loved and adored by the reading public. Well, not quite perhaps but I guess despite my best efforts, I do care about how people are responding to my writing, and the reasons why they like or don’t like it.
The annoying thing is that it doesn’t seem to matter how many rave reviews, positive comments and kind compliments my work accumulates, and thankfully Painting by Numbers has been received extremely positively, my brain seems determined to fixate on negative reviews, or teeny weeny minor comment or off the cuff criticisms. I can drive my wife insane as I obsessively dissect and over-analyse the words, and then rant like a Glaswegian drunk on a Saturday night. But at the end of the day, the work is out there making its own way in the world, and we have to cut the apron strings and let the wee wain fly without a parachute. There comes a point where you have to accept that you can’t please all the people all the time and readers will make of it as they will, despite your rants and protests.
So now, when I find myself tumbling into the dark pit of despair and self-loathing following a poor review, I pour myself a large glass of beer, toast the reviewer and get on with the rest of my writing life.
FINALIST – THE PEOPLE’S BOOK PRIZE - PAINTING BY NUMBERS – Tom Gillespie’s critically acclaimed, surreal thriller is available in digital and printed formats from Amazon UK/Amazon US and all good online stores.