A few days ago I was lucky enough to model for a number of wedding photographers. My 'bride' and I were the funky couple, eschewing traditional wedding attire for a funkier edge.
Since the day of the shoot, the photographers have been posting their images online and one of them said to me today "I've never had to post alongside another [photographer] before."
Reading between the lines I know exactly what they were thinking - What if people don't like my photos as much as the others?
I feel exactly the same way about my writing. I'm submitting a M/M Romance story to an anthology to be published via Goodreads. I'm petrified. I'm up against some well-established authors and my work will be sitting side-by-side with theirs. What if people don't get my story?
To try and calm my nerves I keep telling myself that some people will get me and some just won't. There's nothing I can do about those that don't. If I'm vanilla ice-cream, I can't make my chocolate just to satisfy other people.
I am who I am. My writing is what it is. Sure, I can improve my technique and polish my voice but by voice remains.
Fundamentally, I can't change who I am. I just am.
So here are some pictures of me, taken by different photographers with different approaches. You might like one, you might like both, but I think that they have their own voice... and that's just fine