Know that you are a great writer.

Some may say this sound pompous, arrogant and pretentious but actually it is not. It is not arrogant to know your worth. Because it is going to take this attitude to make it as a writer.

A few weeks ago at a book signing event I met an elderly man who swears he had seen this before (everyone thinking they can write because they can string two sentences together) and only the true authors are going to be left standing. He said he doesn’t read books unless a big publishing company is behind them.

Then I guess he has never read some of the most remarkable work known. Castle Rock was not a big publishing house when they took on Stephen King. But he’s the most highly paid author in the world today.

I ignored him for I didn’t drive through snow to get there to listen to him.  Yes, there are trolls offline too.

He said years ago it was vanity publishing companies milling out books by the thousands and most aspiring authors fell to the wayside never to be heard from again. The writers gave up and went back to their day jobs. Was he giving me a hint? I don’t know but I’m sure he was but I have many years of writing under my belt. Many years he knows nothing about.

These are the kind of things you will hear. Develop a tough skin and keep on doing what you do. Being a writer doesn’t mean being perfect. You are going to write great stories and not so great ones but keep on writing.

This is the greatest fear most who want to write let hold them back. It’s like anything else you want to do…if you await others’ approval, you’ll never accomplish anything.



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About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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46 Responses to Know that you are a great writer.

  1. Lisa Warner says:

    Alma, when the trolls start to show you then you know your work is great. Trolls doesn’t show up for aspiring writers. Ignore people like him and keep doing what you do. I doubt many people left their day job to write full time without a hefty contract from a publishing contract.

    I don’t know who he was but I would be careful about people like him. You never know what people will do. If he had that much venom about something as simple as book. Something was seriously wrong with that man’s brain.

    On Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 10:08 AM, The Novel: UnHoly Pursuit: Devil on my Tra

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  2. Lisa thank you for the advice, but criticism is part of the public agenda of writing. Yes, some people can be very spiteful but a person has to believe in themselves and not let people like him affect you. His opinion was his owns to bear and I refuse to claim any part of it. Never let anyone tell you how you ought to act, feel or think or you’ll become a puppet.


  3. Inspiring post for every writer.Thanks

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  4. Carmie .J. Saio says:

    Thanks for saying I’m a great writer!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Carmie .J. Saio says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Reblogged this on The Novel: UnHoly Pursuit: Devil on my Trail and commented:

    This doesn’t mean you will never make an error, you will become a household name over night. But if you continue and remain true to your craft you will find your nook in the world of authorship.


  7. That’s right.

    You are a great writer :]

    Liked by 1 person

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