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Archive for December, 2007

Criticism and Thick Skin

I was given another lesson on skin-thickening yesterday. I had begun feeling complacent and that’s not a good place to be. I was jerked out of boredom by my hair and I am grateful. He didn’t agree with my suggestions and told me why, one-by-one. His animation was an amazing thing to watch. Now, if some of that detail and emotion was in the work, it would’ve been a better write.

Not everyone is comfortable with criticism, but there may be times when it provides just what you need to move forward in your writing. I’m going to post this quote because it could have been written by me, it certainly applies.

quote: Some people (many people) seem to be fans, and send me nice notes on occasion, like when they’ve gone off their meds or had too much to drink. Others clearly do NOT like me. Especially nice church ladies who can’t understand why I’d say that a book is bad or a writer has done a terrible job. Chip MacGregor