I am a writer. If you want to be one too, welcome in the club! Seriously, though, what was in your head?
Oh, keep calm, I’m just kidding.
I know – you adore writing, telling stories, and spreading emotion. I care, your fans care, but not everyone will care. Now that you’ve decided to follow this path, be prepared to be criticized and talked a lot of crap!
This post is born out of the frustration that some are not capable of creating anything, but they think it’s alright to tell you how to do your job. And I’m not talking about those who express a well-reasoned opinion which is not offensive at all. So, doing what I know best namely, -using my mood to create, not to destroy-, I decided that I should write about the difference between criticism and mean comments. In the future, I will also write a post about how you should cope with this last category.
Let’s start, shall we?
According to the dictionary, the word criticism has the following meanings:
“Criticism noun: criticism; plural noun: criticisms
- the expression of disapproval of someone or something on the basis of perceived faults or mistakes.
- the analysis and judgement of the merits and faults of a literary or artistic work.”
In my opinion, criticism is not necessarily a bad thing. It means that your work has woken up something into the reader. However, I think that only certain persons are entitled to criticize. I think that persons with a vast literary experience and analysis capacity can actually proceed on commenting on a piece of work.
As a writer, you may or may not appreciate the critics’ opinions, but it can give you a better overall view regarding your art. Art is subjective; so even critics may not be on the same page when it comes to it. It’s fine, though.
But let’s face it. A critic will never tell you how you should’ve written. He just analyzes what you give him. A critic that respects himself should never, under any circumstance, judge the writer. In addition to this, he should not criticize the book on a subjective level. He has to take into consideration the structure, the coherence, the uniqueness, the dialogue, the description, the characterization etc.
Moreover, the critic brings to light both the faults and the merits. It’s not an easy job to be a critic. I admire the people who can do it right.
Critics’ opinions should be definitely read.
Still, not many books get into their hands. The most writers will confront with:
You’ll probably find them quite often. I get it that not everyone has to like a certain work, but the way he expresses his disapproval is very important. The “mean comments” are those who don’t bring rational reasons for disliking your work, or comment on it after reading only few lines or a chapter.
It has to be added that mean comments are, in essence, rude. They often consist of insults towards the work and the author. It’s funny, though, that in general, the persons who write this kind of comments did nothing in the field even if they have an expert air – or they think so.
Unfortunately, these comments don’t tell you anything about what you’ve done right. There’s no way you’ll find any praise in them.
These comments are the ones which may hurt your feelings or make you doubt yourself. Also, they are the ones which shouldn’t be taken into consideration. Unless one is capable of voicing his thoughts without being impolite, I am not interested in hearing them. I won’t offend him or judge him, so why should he do so to me?
Have you encountered lots of this so-called haters? What’s your opinion on the subject and how do you usually react?