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edited: Monday, September 10, 2007
By Dana Reed
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Posted: Monday, September 10, 2007
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Only if they're not wrapped in rocks, bombs, or flying fists.
It's been said many times over that authors and writers must develop a thick skin in order to survive. The reason being that what we write has a lot of us--our soul--locked inside.
To explain, many of us use personal happenings in our novels, shorts stories and blogs. Sometimes those events are announced in our stories and at other times they remain hidden because they're either too painful or too personal to reveal as truth. A good part of us is left inside each novel.
Therefore, a vicious attack by a critic or a reader hurts deeply. Unless it's an attack by a group of twinkies who tried to hunt me down for killing the main demon in one of my horror novels. They claimed Zak was the only decent one in the whole story. Because I killed him they wanted me to suffer. But getting back to sensibility, personal attacks hurt, and the bitterness lacing them really isn't a necessary ingredient to make a point.
Some people are cruel enough to want to intentionally hit authors/writers with the lowest form of criticism out of a jealous and childish need to feel superior. "This person is published and I'm so much better." That might be true , but does saying something truly hurtful get you published any faster? If at all?
In my creative writing classes if your criticism was intentionally cruel to another student, you were out! And the whole class knew it. Constructive criticism was the only kind welcomed. Plus it's the only kind that helps in the learning process for both students.
Since I've had both good and bad criticism--including some nut ball letters--I know what criticism means. So if you criticize another author, please do it kindly enough that both of you will gain from the experience.
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|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|We are here for one reason: to write.
We have different styles; some of us are professionals; some aren't. *I'm definately not: still an apprentice LOL*
Some are good, some are...not so good *but give 'em credit for trying*
We were there, once: scared, uncomfortable, PETRIFIED of what people would think.
Constructive criticism, yes, blatant flaming attacks, no.
Me, still learning to toughen my skin: I'm my own worst enemy! LOL
Thanks for sharing, an interesting, informative piece: and looooove the title. :)
No rocks, bombs or flying fists. :)
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
|That is so true. But sometimes people are so sensitive, they are wounded forever when you even give helpful critique. I wish there was a way to build that "thick skin," but alas, it is something a writer has to come to in their own time. As with anything one does with their lives, if it isn't fulfilling or fun, or worthwhile, they should look for another profession. Writing sure ain't for sissies. And kudos should be given for trying. It is the difference between succeeding and failing.
And Walt was correct...it was a good blog. Yours always are.
|Reviewed by Walt Hardester
|Ok, since I'm here anyway I'll comment on your blog.
I liked it and I don't give a rat's patootie who knows, so there.
And as for nasty, personally abusive critics....Don't get me started!!
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|It goes against the grain when people attack other authors based on their work. Sad when it goes to that level; we must do all we can to support each other, not bring each other down! Good advice, Dana; well done!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(