When I first started writing creative pieces years ago, I was excited to have someone in the family read them. It’s not necessarily that I wanted a critique of my work, but more of the ego boost. Most of the time, friends and family are going to tell you what you want to hear regarding the story. Unfortunately, this can often lead to a hellish snowball for the artist. I’m not saying that family can’t be good critics. However, it will influence their judgement.
As a ghostwriter, you will undoubtedly come across clients who you can’t seem to satisfy no matter what you do. While some will belittle your work, others may seem downright forceful. When you have aggressive clients such as this, it’s vastly important to keep your cool. Bare in mind, you’ll never please 100% of the people 100% of the time. As long as you put your best foot forward, that is all that really matters.
As a ghostwriter, you need to come to terms that the workflow will at some point slow. Just like any other industry, there will be ups and downs in the flow of available jobs. While these lulls can be very hard on you financially, you shouldn’t let them prevent you from being productive. In fact, there are a number of things you can be doing when there is no work available.
Being passionate about anything in life will influence your success. However, it can also hold you back in some ways. Personally, I believe passion has a great deal more positive influence. As long as you’re capable of keeping a level head, you can avoid some of the pitfalls that may arise. After all, some of the worst moments in history were driven by passion.
Like I tell everyone regardless of industry, “you’re not going to please 100% of the people 100% of the time.” As a result, you’re undoubtedly going to come across those who criticize your work. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. By developing a thick skin, your more receptive to true critiques while letting troll comments roll off your back. Otherwise, it can be easy to dwell on the comments of someone who has no idea what they’re saying.