I’ve been reading a lot of words of wisdom from soccer stars lately. Weird only because I’ve never seen a full game of soccer in my life. But these superstars and their words really resonate with me, especially those from Abby Wambach, “If they say you’re ridiculous you know you’re on to something.”
This is a variation of something I’ve always said about book publishing. You need to push outside the boundaries of what’s expected if you want to achieve true success.
One of the downsides of critique groups and writing organizations is their propensity to preach some archaic set of rules that I’d never heard of until I talk to authors who have been constrained by them.
When someone tells you your idea is ridiculous, or even writing a book at all is ridiculous, you know you’re on to something. Being ridiculous is what separates the good from the truly great.
It’s also what pushes people to do things they’ve never done before. If you can face the ridiculous critics (see what I did there) you can face the real critics.
Don’t be afraid to be ridiculous. Write that story the way you think it’s meant to be written. If it feels ridiculous to you then maybe it’s not working, but don’t let someone else decide what is.
Imagine if someone told me that the idea of BookEnds was ridiculous. Oh wait, someone did. Being ridiculous sure feels good.