Making Yourself More Appealing

Making Yourself More Appealing

Yesterday I got word that a publishing house felt a novel I had written wasn’t quite ready to be published. They said my main character was not who he needed to be for the story to be appealing.

I totally agreed.

I haven’t liked the character for quite some time. Deep down I knew he needed to change, but I had already gone so far in writing the book that I didn’t know where to start to get him where he needed to be.

So I left him alone.

Got me to thinking. There have been several key junctures in my life where people who I trust have come to me and said, “Joël, the character you are becoming isn’t very appealing.”

Sometimes I listened and did something about it. I usually saw great results.

Other times I ignored the input. I often wonder what I missed out on because I was too slow to change.

Change is hard. Usually, I don’t even know where to start. For me it’s often easier to just overlook that one thing. “Hey, it’s gotten me this far and things aren’t that bad.”

As painful as it may be, I’m convinced that if you want to live this life to the fullest you have to be willing to accept and act on valid criticism.

Sure, some criticism needs to be ignored. But I think most of the time we know when what someone is saying is valid.

If you’ve got someone around you who is honest enough to call you out – listen to them. They are a gift from God.

If you don’t have someone like that – seek someone out. You need an editor who knows their stuff and wants to see the story of your life turn into an exciting and fulfilling one.

Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. Pr.27:6