WCWW2 Tasty Treat: Bindu Wiles

by Kyeli on July 15, 2011

Oh, how I adore Bindu. She’s smart, super-sweet, and a snazzy dresser – and she’s one of the most courageous writers I know.

So we talked a lot about being brave and writing. And I asked, “How do you face these ginormous fears that leap out at us when we’re about to hit publish and we’re just so afraid that someone might be mean to us?”

And she gave my very favorite piece of fear-based writing advice ever.

If you are really afraid, you are writing for the wrong people.

1/3 of people will love you. 1/3 of people will hate you. And 1/3 of people will be completely indifferent.

Your job is to find the third that love you – and then do everything you do with, for, and about them. If you’re a little mole, and you pop up and someone smacks you on the head, go down the road further and pop up again. If again you get hit, go further still – over and over until you pop up and are greeted with cheers and love and adoration.

Then stop. Then write.


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Jacquie July 15, 2011 at 11:33 am

This was my favourite bit of the call, I think. The idea that, if bad things happen when you stick your head above the parapet, you’re choosing the wrong parapet.

Also:
par·a·pet/ˈparəpit/Noun
1. A low, protective wall along the edge of a roof, bridge, or balcony.
2. A protective wall or earth defense along the top of a trench or other place of concealment for troops.

I love how Bindu not knowing the word made no differnce to the quality of her answer :)

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kati July 17, 2011 at 6:15 am

To surround yourself with people who love you is the way to feel good about yourself. and to give them love back is the wat to grow.

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