A few days ago a women wrote to me and said
that she wants to contribute by writing
articles. She also said that she was afraid
of how people would react to her writing.
I believe that this is something that all
writers think about to a certain extent.
This thought came to me as well earlier in
my carrier as a spiritual writer, but it
never stayed for very long. From the
beginning I knew that I would write for
myself only. My articles and books are
thoughts that need to come out. Like any
artist or painter there is something in me
that needs to be expressed—so very
selfishly I write for myself.
It is my way of learning, of understanding
the thoughts that are coming and going in my
mind. When they are expressed physically,
they slow down, and land on the blank paper
or computer screen in front of me. I am
constantly amazed at both the immaturity and
maturity of my writing. Some of it is the
egos, and some of it just comes through me.
I don’t lay claim to very much of it, and
prefer to think of myself as a medium for
There are many people who think as I do or
are on a nearby path that receive benefit
from what I have to say. I encourage and
support all those who wish to write. There
are those that I have featured on my web
site or have written about. They have
blossomed into magnificent writers, and
share their thoughts frequently with the
Fear is a major factor that holds people
back from at least trying to write. There
are simple techniques that work very well
when one begins to draw out his/her hidden
treasures. I believe that the one greatest
asset in writing your thoughts is to just do
it your way. You are unique, and you have a
very special way of writing that others will
appreciate, and will be able to follow.
Critics of your writing are your best tool
for judging how you are relating to others.
But they are not to be taken very seriously.
You must develop a style of your
own—otherwise you are just another writer.
The “Nah-Sayers” are a blessing in
disguise and you can use them to improve
your writing skills.
Understand that anyone that is negative
about your writing and demonstrates this
negativity in writing or in public is doing
so for attention—theirs, not yours.
However in the quest to be recognized as a
critic they are giving recognition to you. I
believe that one of the worst things that
can happen to any human—writer or not—is
not to be recognized. It is the most hurtful
thing that can happen to another human
being. Life needs to be recognized.
I also think that for a writer, continuous
praise for your work is not beneficial. In
fact I enjoy constructive criticism, and the
farther away I am from the thinking of
others, the more I like it. I do not look
behind me for followers, and my writing is
never about giving answers, but to invoke
critical thought, and new possibilities.
The “Nah-Sayers” are beneficial to me in
that they give me recognition and bring
others to me, but they also allow me to
gauge myself. If they are not in the same
area of awareness and enlightenment as me,
then I know I have moved on. I have
accomplished what I am trying to do—not to
be like others. I have left a clear path
behind me that some will follow—not for
me, but for themselves.
Anyone can follow the status quo and just
be. Those that stay behind and criticize are
not moving. They have found themselves in a
box with no escape. They are not spending
quality time trying to develop themselves,
and become unique individuals. They are not
carving out their own paths, but are
following the paths of others, and trying to
close it behind them.
When you write—write for yourself first
because it is in you, and it needs to come
out. Never worry about spelling, grammar,
and punctuation—these things can be
changed later—just write. Never worry
about critics or the
“Nah-Sayers”—welcome them—use them
and their energy to push yourself even
further along your path. People are always
looking for new leaders, new ways of
thinking, and new paths to follow.
A critic or “Nah-Sayer” has no
power—it is you that brings them to you,
through your power, your work. They are
negative energy and you are positive. They
cannot exist without you. You do not have to
look for them, they will always come to you,
and without you they would not be. If you
want to be like all the others, then conform
to their criticism, if not, use them to
gauge how far removed you are from their
thinking, and recognize the gift they have
If you find yourself looking for your
critics or reading their writing, then your
have missed their purpose and your own. You
are not spending enough time developing your
style and you are a follower.
If you find solace in revenge then know that
your success will piss them off, and
invalidate everything that they have written
about you. Never respond to a critic,
because you then have become one of them.
Remember they are from the dark side, and
you are the light that will lead them away
from their darkness.
If you are lucky enough to have
critics—you are alive—and you are moving
in the right direction! Write—not to
change anyone’s world, but your own. Those
that agree with you will follow and those
that don’t—well, does it really matter?
If you are lucky enough to run into one of
your critics, run to him, squeeze his little
cheeks, kiss him on the forehead—then move
Roy E. Klienwachter is a resident of British
Columbia, Canada. A published author, a
student of NLP, ordained minister, New Age
Light Worker, Teacher and Phenomenologist.
Roy's books and articles are thought
provoking, and designed to empower your
imagination, and take you to places you
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