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I often write about the fact that I am always contemplating quitting writing for good.

I get quite a bit of criticism from people I personally know, who can’t understand my creative compulsion to write.

They may not like the canada goose jackets glasgow store I write about. They may not understand them. They may find them confronting.

I think this is the main problem. Being confronted. Nobody likes being confronted.

A lot of people like to bury their heads in the sand, and ignore the facts surrounding them. It’s easier that way.

I, on the other hand, choose to bring those facts to the surface. I attempt to open peoples eyes, minds, and hearts.

By nature I am quite shy. Absolutely not argumentative or abrasive. I am very sweet, feminine, and very sensitive. But I do have opinions, and like everyone, I have the right to share my opinion. It is never ever done in anything other than a diplomatic fashion. It is never unkind.

Like I’ve said in the past, I attempt to carefully construct my articles in a meaningful and creative way, and I personally believe, my writing turns out beautifully a lot of the time. I actually think the manner in which I convey my stories is not only unique, but also witty, brave and honest. And canada goose jackets glasgow store requires courage.

So why do I so often consider quitting writing?

Well, no one is immune to criticism.

For me, being an over thinker, the bad stuff sticks.

Like the conversation between Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s characters in “Pretty Woman”.

Vivian: “People put you down enough, you start to believe it.”

Edward: “I think you are a very bright, very special woman.”

Vivian: “The bad stuff is easier to believe. You ever notice that?”

It’s amazing the toll a negative comment can have.

The friends of mine who are supportive of my craft, remind me that I need to “toughen up”, to have “thicker skin”.

I wish canada goose jackets glasgow store were that simple.

Being a little fragile, and over sensitive is what helps me to write. Without those traits, I’m not sure if I even could be able to write the way I do. I guess that’s the shitty law of polarities at play there. Not being able to have one without the other.

In fact, I had a family member say to someone just yesterday, “go easy on Amy. She’s a delicate flower that girl”. He knows me too well.

And what happens to delicate flowers? They are easily crushed.

Now I also do get a lot of positive feedback. I get emails often from readers, as well as encouragement via my site. But it’s funny how one negative comment can cancel out any of the good. And make you question yourself.

I have spoken a handful of times to a big player in the US entertainment industry about my writing. Who actually likens my style to that of Candice Bushnell (Carrie Bradshaw). Which is of course, very flattering. That was never the style that I was going with, yet I suppose somehow, there are some similarities.

He has praised me just this morning for my “honesty and candidness”. Saying that my writing style is “exciting, refreshing, surprising, and genuine”.

He then went on to say that “I always find that the most interesting writers are the ones that are the most honest. Honesty is extremely hard for a writer to achieve, to put themselves out there and be vulnerable for the world. That’s what separates the men from the boys or the women from the girls or all of the above or none of the above, you get what I mean.”

So to that person, I thank you for your encouraging words. It means the world to me.

Whilst I am never going to be free from criticism for as long as I am publishing my work for all to see, I would hope that my strong will and stubborn resolve remains in tact to not let it discourage me from following my heart, and my passion for the written word.

So today, I leave you with a quote from the inspirational philosopher Rumi, and like I always say, follow your heart.

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” – Rumi

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