From The Channeling Author:
As someone who has met and/or interviewed dozens of national politicians over the years, I want to tell you about the common denominator. (And no, it’s not infidelity.)
Politicians all have something many writers need. Party affiliation doesn’t matter; they pretty much all possess a certain personality trait, or they wouldn’t be holding high public office. If you guessed “egomaniac” you’d be close. “Having a set of brass ones” would mean you’re getting warm.
The common denominator is that they all act bulletproof, both on and off camera. But more important than how they act, these people believe they’re bulletproof. Because when you take a step back and consider their actions, they’re all acting like a bunch of teenagers in thousand dollar suits. The rules don’t apply to them. They can do what they want because they’ll live forever. Bad things happen to other people. Actions do not have consequences. They can lie, cheat, steal, be unfaithful, engage in activities that are beyond sleazy… and they still keep their jobs. They can get slaughtered in an election, blow it off, and run again. And again.
But here’s the key… even if they leave office in disgrace, they still think they’re bulletproof.
And they don’t give a damn what people think.
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Remember, they all fall back on the catch-all excuse of, “I made an error in judgment.” For the rest of us an error in judgment is painting the kitchen the wrong color. For a politician, it fits anything that would land the average person in a confessional for a hour.
But most writers aren’t born with that chromosome. Creative types are sensitive about our work. Bad reviews can sting. Piles of rejections make us question our talent… and make some of us quit. If we have 100 comments and 99 are positive, we’ll focus on the one negative piece of feedback and let it dance the Macarena in our heads like a demon on an infinite loop. We forget that opinions differ and that people have different tastes. (As an example of an opinion I considered to be out of left field, People Magazine named that bag o’ bones Gwyneth Paltrow as the world’s most beautiful woman.)
Since I’ve worked in an industry where rejection is common, I got used to it a long time ago. The problem is most writers are too nice. I know many writers who are incredibly sweet, decent people with amazing talent who desperately need a bulletproof personality. An anonymous person leaves a one-star review on Amazon and they go into a funk, or worse; blow up their novel and re-write the whole thing. They enter a contest, wait months without writing anything else as they have all their eggs in one basket, and when they don’t win they think there’s something horribly wrong with their writing. Their sensitivity sends their muses into vapor lock. They play not to lose, not willing to take enough chances or believe in their unique style. Many times when you play not to lose, you lose. The prevent defense often prevents you from winning. If you don’t send it out, it can’t get rejected. It’s the safe route, like not asking the beautiful woman at the bar for a date.
Link to the rest at The Channeling Author and thanks to Jennifer for the tip.