I was talking to someone recently about my book/writing and he suggested that I change my angle and go for more of a fictional story. I tried to explain that the point of my writing is so that I can share my experiences and life as a preacher’s daughter. He didn’t seem to understand. He was more focused on the fact that I should write stories like the Harry Potter series and make money from it. That would be great if that’s what I wanted to do, but it’s not.
Maybe he thinks I’m being too self-serving or egotistical. Is he right though? Do I need a better “angle” to be a successful writer? My problem with that way of seeing it is that I’m not in it for money or fame. I just enjoy writing and sharing my story.
If I really get analytical I could say that it’s not really the comment about my writing that bothered me. It’s that yet another man seems to be trying to tell me what to do, to mold me or to change me to be what he wants me to be. I have a history of being in relationships with men who do that to me. So of course I tend to get a little defensive when anyone seems to be trying to keep me from being who I really am.
Why can’t people just accept me the way that I am? I think I’m pretty awesome as is. I have my problems like everyone else, but I have plenty of good qualities too. So to all those guys who would rather I be blond, brunette, taller, thinner, bigger, shorter haired, longer haired, tanner, more outgoing, more talkative, less Southern, more fashionable, or more ambitious…bite me. I like me as is. 🙂