I was wondering to myself how I’d feel if I received a criticism—not a constructive one–but a comment that went something like this: Sorry, but your story has no redeeming qualities to it. I’ve struggled through the whole book and nearly died of boredom. I thought it would be an interesting read after all the glowing reviews I read, but I was sadly disappointed, and can’t believe this trash was published. Now this was just a comment I composed after reading some really deriding reviews from readers on Amazon. Fortunately for me I have yet to receive something this harsh (it’s probably because I’m not published yet). But I can imagine that I would probably be somewhat devastated to receive one. I should have a strong backbone and ignore these blatant comments. But it’ll be exceedingly hard for me.
Much of what I write comes from somewhere inside of me – inspires by my personal experiences, beliefs, values, and interpretation of life. It then takes hours after hours after hours to transcribe everything into words. So if someone were to read my story, then told me it had no redeeming qualities, that it was stupid, that was is trash—it would fracking hurt.
Realizing this, I decided to make it one of my goals not to criticize writers. I may not like their writing, I might not like their theme, I might not agree with many of their values, I might think their whole book should never have been published—but even these writers deserve my respect. I know how much of themselves they’ve put into their work. I know how difficult it is to write a novel (especially one’s first). The fact that writers (whose writing I dislike) managed to publish their book, is awesome in itself. Plus, while I might not like the book, someone else most likely adores it.
Just wanted to share my thoughts with you guys.