Friday, September 9, 2011
Friday Quotes: Criticism
"Be kind and considerate with your criticism. It's just as hard to write a bad book as it is to write a good book.” Malcolm Cowley
Recently I heard a writer criticize another writer's "terrible" manuscript on a public forum. She was beta reading it and complained the whole way through. And I get that--it can be all kinds of frustrating and cringe-worthy to read work by a beginning writer.
But here's the thing: everyone's got to start somewhere.
When I think back to the first manuscript I asked someone to critique...well, my face turns all shades of purple. But I didn't know it would be so embarrassing at the time! How else could I have learned unless someone told me what I was doing wrong?
Kindness goes a long way. And everyone needs (and deserves) a learning curve!
HOPE YOUR WEEKEND IS FILLED WITH "REMEMBERING"!