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A Thought on Validation

Lauren Myracle on the NBA fiasco.

Lauren says of her intense disappointment: “…it's just one more reminder not to be so invested in validation from external sources.”

So very true. Yet, as writers, from the moment we begin to put words on a page, that same validation is exactly what we crave. Validation from our first readers. From agents. From editors at publishing houses. From friends, family, and peers. From reviewers. Does it ever end? Sometimes we need to take a step back and feast, gratefully, on our accomplishments—whether it's our writing, or something else...whether humble or heroic—instead of depending so much on the praise and opinions of others.

Best, best comment ever from @librarianlost: “Husband thinks Abrams should make sticker for cover that reads: Erroneously Nominated for NBA.

Still smiling at that one. :-)

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edgyauthor
Oct. 23rd, 2011 06:30 am (UTC)
Oh, so true! It's so easy to feel like you need validation, as if that's the only source of worth as a writer. As nice as it is to be validated, it's much better to learn to be proud of your own work so you can still be happy even without others' praise.

Also, I would totally buy a book solely for the "Erroneously Nominated for NBA" sticker on it, if it had one. TOTALLY. :P
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