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I didn’t write this post but it has solid information. It’s an article about “ Don’t follow the crowd! Don’t be a sheep. Be a lone wolf.”
Sometimes it’s so tempting to do just that but I agree with this blogger: Be your own person at all times. People will respect you for it.
I know it’s hard, especially being a writer to not change the course of stories to appease the crowd. But I say don’t do it. It’s not you. You have to write for yourself first before you can write for anyone else. If you don’t like it then no one else will like it either.
I was told several times I needed to tone Ana BuFaye down. She too belligerent and violent to be lovable. I didn’t create a lady-in-waiting nor a princess. I created a warrior woman with a heart of gold. So I haven’t changed her to match the traits of the popular female characters out today. Women who walks around crying and wringing their hands while hoping for the best. Sure, she cries. Sure, she has had her heart broken but when she get over the crying all who offended her better watch out. Ana make things happen she doesn’t wait for a knight in a shinning armor to come rescues her.
I have also been told I need to change Azazel appearance to match the popular Alpha Males in romance novels of today. I have not done that either. He existed before the creation of earth so why would he copy earthen styles? If anything, all other Alpha males have copied him. I studied the text about him before beginning to write the series. According to the ancient texts that was one of the ways humans were able to identified an Immortal: by the excessive amount of flowing hair. All didn’t have luminous bejeweled eyes. But all seemed to have had far more hair than humans.
This all boils down to: Be yourself and those who will like you will like still like you and those who aren’t ever going to like you won’t. Changing do appease others doesn’t make them like you it shows them you have no foundation.
I see advice given all the time online and off about how a person need to change something about themselves to make someone like them. People who like or love you cares for you just the way you are.