In the spirit of Independence Day, I present to you [cue the fife and drum please] . . .
A Writer’s Bill of Rights
You have the right to observe, but not follow trends.
You have the right to seek a second opinion.
You have the right to ask, “What if?”
You have the right to laugh at your own writing. Hey, if you’re funny, you’re funny.
You have the right to leave your beloved critique group if it’s no longer serving its purpose.
You have the right to say no when a friend of a friend asks for feedback on her 1,000-word non-fiction picture book about the history of toe jam.
You have the right not to feel guilty if someone asks for your honest opinion and doesn’t like your response (assuming you delivered the news graciously).
You have the right to try a new genre.
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Great bill of rights. So true, but sometimes hard to give ourselves permission to do.
You have my permission to exercise all of your rights, Natalie. Thank you again for all you do to support and encourage fellow writers!