"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be."
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This is as true for adults as it is for children. In fact, I think we can learn even more from it.
We need to learn how to listen to the "negative". Sometimes things that feel disappointing or discouraging can be just the light that was needed to move you forward into new possibilities. To accept and embrace our areas of weakness as writers is the only way to conquer them.
The mustn'ts and the don'ts, the shouldnt's and the impossibles and the wont's, can all be used to motivate us - to drive us to work harder, to learn more, to be better, to succeed.
LISTEN. Really listen, with an open heart, to the negative. And then learn from it. Beat it. "Anything can happen, child. Anything can be."
Have you turned what felt like a negative
into something positive with your writing?