Opinions – we all have them.

There’s nothing wrong with having an opinion, as long as you understand that it’s just how you see it. The danger with opinions arises when you think your’s is the truth or when you believe someone else’s is the truth or holds more value than your own.

When you mistake your opinion for the truth you are closing your mind to other possibilities. Let’s face it, when you form an opinion about anything it’s based on your interpretation of ‘the facts’, and your interpretation is informed by all of your previous experiences and opinions. What you decided were ‘the facts’ may not even be the whole picture of the event but only a small fragment of a larger whole. And, if that’s true for you, it’s also true for everybody else.

So, does anyone know the whole truth about anything? Probably not, in my opinion. Each of us can only see the observable aspects of an event from our particular point of view. None of us can see into the workings of another’s mind, although some of us act as if we can – assuming we know what others think of us or why they do and say whatever it is we are fixated on.

The beauty of opinions is that there can be so many of them, and each person’s opinion is a window into how they see or understand an event, life, the universe and all that other stuff we deal with on a daily basis. Or they might be telling you how they see things in their relationship with you or why they think gold is the best investment option.

Remember, a person’s opinions tell you what they value, what they believe, how they see the world, how they see you. Their opinion is always about them. It’s never about you – even when they tell you it is.

In the world of writing we ask people for their opinions, not about us personally but about our work – the books we spend so much time writing and offering to you to read. Once these opinions came solely from people we fondly referred to as critics – you know, those people who get paid to write reviews for newspapers and magazines.

Today, with sites like Amazon and Goodreads, the world has changed. Now the people most important to writers, their readers, have a platform for expressing their opinion of a book.

Every writer, me included, has an inflated opinion of their work. We think our book is fantastic, our characters believable, our story is engaging and pulls at the heartstrings of our readers, that the book is well written and that nobody guessed who did it until near the end.

But how do we know for sure that anyone agrees with our opinion of our work? Well, unless you tell us, we don’t.

So, if you’ve read After, the first book in the Inspector West series, log on to Amazon and/or Goodreads, give it a star rating and key in a few lines to tell us what you think about the book.

And if you haven’t read it yet, hop over to Amazon and get yourself a copy – and when you’ve read it, go back and leave a review.

Note: If you’re an iBook reader or use a Kobo reader it’s now available from iTunes and Kobo – just type ‘Peter Mulraney’ into the search box.

Thanks for dropping by,

Peter.

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