Have you ever had a less than favourable comment in response to your writing?
Personally, my writing hangs from a set of strings that attach directly to my heart, whether I like it or not. Yes, I know it shouldn’t matter what others say, yes I know I should write for myself and not to please others-these suggestions are true, but sometimes as a sensitive person-a trait most writers are either blessed or cursed with-it is very easy to forget this idealistic advice, and become devoid of all reason and rational thought when clouded with the disappointment and frustration of a negative comment.
Constructive criticism is wonderful, and serves as a valuable learning tool, but judgmental, nasty comments can wound someone having a vulnerable moment. Especially when the commentEr, really has limited understanding of the writers true intention.
A writer I admire Chris Nicholas, author of the highly successful blog The Renegade Press, wrote a screamer of a response to a nasty comment made on his blog recently. It is extremely well expressed and whether you agree or disagree with his sentiment, it’s a post all sensitive writers would benefit from reading. Please find the link below.
One particular comment on this electric post, caught my attention. Bravo Canada Slim.
This gives the person who wrote the nasty comment no attention whatsoever, and serves as a wonderful reminder, to remember why it is that one is writing in the first place.
I have created this post drawing on the wisdom of Chris and Canada Slim, so that I may refer back, when I need to hear these words.
‘Abraham Lincoln once wrote-
“you can please all of the people some of the time, you can please some of the people all of the time, but you will never please all of the people all of the time.”
No matter how hard you may try there will always be those who are determined not to like you. Forget about them and instead write the truth as you see it, even if it is a truth only you can see.
Write because NOT writing feels like a life unfulfilled.
Write because it isn’t there and you give it life.
It makes not a shred of difference whether you have ten followers or ten thousand.
Just write for you. And you will find that if your writing is true to who you are, then it will touch the lives of others.
Never underestimate the power of one.’
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