To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. ~ Elbert Hubbard
The call of God is not to make you popular. It’s to make a difference. If you can abandon your need to be liked, you can be a great writer. You can be used to seep Truth into places of which you are unaware.
“God rarely allows a person to see how great a blessing he is to others.” -Oswald Chambers
You never know who is reading. Your experience and your questions are not unique to you. What is unique to you is your voice and your calling. One of the hardest parts of writing is when you have to write without needing to know if you’re being heard. If you’re only writing for acceptance, then you’re not writing anything worth reading. You are merely the thick fluff that the thirsty must cut through to find the Living Well.
“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”-Jesus, John 7:38 ESV
Writing is selfless work done by selfish people. Good writers deny themselves to create something bigger than they are.
‘The writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master – something that at times strangely wills and works for itself.’ -Charlotte Bronte
When God has given you a gift for writing, you are not the work that is on display. He is. If you look at a bouquet of flowers and marvel about the vase that holds them, then the florist did something wrong.
Would your writing be different if you were doing it anonymously? Write like that.
When you hit “publish” and it makes you feel exposed, that’s when you know you’ve written something that matters. People stop cutting through the fluff when they find that stuff. They stop for a drink. You may never know it, but they do.
“A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before the great.” -Proverbs 18:16 ESV
That scripture makes me think of a child sitting on his father’s lap, “driving”. Your gift is bigger than you are, never let it be limited by your own need to control it. Only His feet can reach the pedals and only His hands can keep you on the road. He makes room for you on His lap because He knows it exhilarates you to “drive”.