Maybe I should have looked over my shoulder when I said that I don’t worry. I try not to stress too much over the things I like. If I let writing become something that causes me anxiety, I won’t give it my all, but hesitate on every word.
Of course I care what people think. I’ve offered up words that come straight from my soul. However, if I let myself become too tangled in the maze of publishing, and popular opinion, it will change my work—and quite possibly not for the better.
As one of the people who don’t work well under stress, I need to let things go. I need to practice one simple rule : first you must please yourself.