The Daily “Huh?” – Two Quotes

 

Image: Guilty as Charged

 

Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.
It’s the one and only thing you have to offer
.
~ Barbara Kingsolver

 

 Asking a writer what he thinks about criticism is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.
~ John Osborne

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4 responses to “The Daily “Huh?” – Two Quotes

  1. Bravo. Barbara Kingsolver. What a good hint for writer’s generally. Are we really saying in our novels what we ‘want’ to say? Is our writing ‘clear’ enough in this regard, or have we swallowed the bait and believe it is ALL in interpretation?

  2. Oh! And on the criticism. I do not regard myself as a lamp-post, but wish there were better guidelines for people on Webook and the Blogs to write ‘helpful’ and ‘honest’ and ‘inspiring’ criticism. After all, a critique is also a form of writing, is it not? – and therefore perhaps there should be guidelines. (Logical, Aesthetic and/or Moral(?)(.))

  3. Seems to me you should be able to figure out logical, aesthetic and moral forms of criticism. Anyone who thinks it’s ok to say, “Well, that was the stupidest/worst/craziest waste of time piece of writing I ever read.” obviously isn’t worth the bytes it was written in. Just don’t be rude .

    Hate to resort to cliches, but Do Unto Others etc.

    • Got you. The comments to avoid are when they say your work is:
      The Stupidest- completely lacking in logical coherence?
      The Worst- complete moral decrepitude?
      The Craziest- lack of discernment between beauty and ‘ugliness’?
      Guess I wouldn’t have to do any research if I valued my work more, and people’s comments weren’t often so subtle that I couldn’t distinguish the possibility whether it was the comments that infringed on these parameters, from whether they might actually be true!! (grin grin) Wish I had a happy face!

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