So far, for Burn Wild, I’ve gotten only one book review less than 5 stars. I am most proud of this 4-star review, in fact. Why? Because the reviewer embraces the reality that not every single thing we write will resonate with each and every person.
If it did, we would be the Borg.
It’s vital to know where your work fits in and where it doesn’t. Sometime, the wrong person is bound to pick up the book, just as every now and then someone enrolls in my class, sits through the first session, and says, “I don’t think this is for me.” I have come to respect that, and to encourage the student to bow out if he or she needs to do so. It lets me focus on who the class is really for, capitalizing on the ideas I’ve already set into motion.
In the same way, Burn Wild is not for:
- People who like to take themselves very seriously
- Those who don’t enjoy connecting with their emotions
- Readers who tend toward cynicism and irony
- Folks who don’t like surprises
- Those who already know enough about the creative process
- Fast-paced individuals without time for curiosity
- Writers who do not suffer from self-doubt
- Adults who hate to “play”
- Those who hold to a sequential, intellectual approach
- Individuals without any procrastination issues
- Artists with unfaltering self-confidence
No, you can’t please everyone. We who are original have a unique story, approach, idea or message to share, and not everyone has to get it. How honest, freeing, and cool to let you be you, and me be me.
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