One of the most important gifts to yourself, in Nano and in your writing life beyond Nano, is to set strong boundaries and remove toxic people from your life.
There will always be people who don’t wish you well, even if they say it’s with your best interest at heart. If they have to say it, it usually isn’t; it’s usually self-serving.
Learn to discern who genuinely wishes you well and who is trying to sabotage you. Cut the saboteurs out of your life. If you can’t, because you’re related to them, at least limit your interaction.
If someone puts you down for writing, don’t discuss your writing with that person. Period. If they try to pry it out of you say, “I’m sorry, I don’t discuss work in progress.”
You don’t owe them an explanation.
That doesn’t mean you turn into a monster who uses writing as an excuse to mistreat other people; but it means you don’t let them use your writing as a weapon to hurt you.
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