We've all heard it before: When someone compliments you, just say 'thank you'. And I know this. Why is it so difficult, then, for me to accept positive feedback? (I'm talking to everyone, not just to writers.)
The other day I ran into someone who I know marginally: We've met before but aren't buddies. Imagine my reaction - remember I have issues with compliments- when she whips out her smart phone bad points to one of my books that she downloaded via her Kindle ap. I found myself looking over her shoulder for a savior which, by the way, appeared in the form of someone take who I know only slightly. I made my excuses and hot the heck out of Dodge.
I thought about it later and was ashamed of my reaction. After all, she said wonderful things about the book, the characters, the plot. I should've been doing a happy dance right there! Instead, I lost an opportunity to put into practice what I tried to drill into my childrens' heads.
I've decided that if the chance ever comes my way again, I shall smile, nod my head graciously, and say 'thank you'. And then I'll hightail it out of there.
Keep reading, friend.