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Writing Has Taught Me to Be Wrong

I hate being wrong! I'm the kind of guy who loves to give unsolicited advice, offer words of wisdom, and be the smartest one in the room. Unfortunately, that's not always the case, and I am grateful for the fact that I have learned to be wrong. It's a hard lesson to learn, but it's vital if you want to be the best you can be--not just as a writer, but as a human being. When I first started writing, I knew I had a great story. In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent is an epic adventure spanning an awesome continent with great characters. Boy, was I in for a surprise when I was told (by many people) that my story wasn't as great as I had thought. Why not? No character growth, lack of development of the world, etc. Blow to the gut, right? So, being a man's man, I sucked it up and took the comments to heart. When I wrote The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer, I tried to correct those errors, and I have continued to make improvements to my writing. As a result, I believe that the story that will soon be published is going to be a MUCH better creature. If only all of us could learn to be wrong, we'd be much better for it. In doing book reviews, I find myself in the position of critic for books and authors. I like to share my thoughts and opinions, including offering some advice on how I feel the authors could have improved their work. Well, one author in the last few months REFUSED to be wrong. They insisted time and again that they had written their book that way on purpose, and nothing I said swayed their belief in their utter rightness. Shame, because their story had a lot of potential, but the writing style kind of sucked. If they had taken the small (hopefully not too patronizing) advice I shared, they could have improved their writing in the future. Be willing to be wrong, folks. You only ever learn and grow when you can accept that you are a fallible human being who f***s up every now and again!