Something They Didn't Teach You in Writing 101

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There is something that they do not teach you in "Creative Writing 101". What is that you ask? It is dealing with the FANS and CRITICS. Now I don't think I am, that of a well-known of a writer. If you put your work out there someone is bound to see it, read it, critique it.

The Critique Experience

I had my first experience with what you would call a "critic." I had self published a book formerly “Angelic Memoirs” (Now called Angelic Confessions which is currently on the market.)The guy ripped me apart in hopes to destroy me. Why else do we be cruel? It is to hurt another person. In reality though I realized I really flopped in the self publishing department. I realized I had totally rushed things( I was so excited.). In response to that I took it off the market and revamped it much to better praise. Little did the nasty critic know he had made me better. He made me stronger. I thank him actually. I have never forgotten it though. This person truly loved arguing for it became a heated debate on an open forum. It got so bad a moderator had to literally come in there and tell the guy enough.

My next negative critic was a comment on my guest book. They commented in my guest book that, " I’m the likes of why literature has gone down the tubs and why don’t I just stay out of their world." I wondered what in the world that was all about. Was it hurtful? Yes, a bit. I love this craft though. I did not have the prestige to go to college and get a degree. Everything I know I learned the hard way. I taught myself and am still learning everyday.

The Fans/Lovers

Of course there are critics, but what about the fans and lovers? School did not prepare you for this part of being a writer either did they? Normally we don't have big egos. We do not write because we think we are great. We write because we love to. To have someone love what you have written is awkward. You are polite, say thank you. Secretly inside you wonder nooo this can't be true! Really they like my work! And nothing will ever EVER prepare you for the "Creepy Fan". A part of you though might be privately giddy though going yes! I got a creepy fan! Check it off my list of you know you're a writer when...

The Result?

The reason for all this you? All the writing courses, self-help books can never really prepare you for the "real world." To handle the onslaught of critics, rejections, even praises. I have not taken every writing course. Nor have I read every writing help guideline books. The ones I have read though never prepared me for this. I believe this is the "sink or swim" point for every writer out there. This truly marks the true writer from the casual writer. The true writer while hurt and scorned will bandage the stab wound up and move on. Some may even look at the harsh critique learning more about themselves, their craft making them wiser. They say if you are going to be a writer you must have thick skin. I really don’t think writers have thick skin. The harsh words still pierce. The harsh words still hurt, but if you are writer you have this fire, passion, and drive in you unlike no other. That is what keeps us going.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Sometimes the hardest and best lessons come from the pain. It sounds like you are getting together. Just remember you are one of the winners, one of God's chosen ones to carry a message to others. Best of luck with the rewrite.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you Pamela. Yep some of the best lesson learned are from just experience and living.


"Quill" 6 years ago

Hi Janny...Great Hub and yes they are there and they were even before you were a writer...think back and you will see what I mean.

Yes there a great critics out there and yes there are bad, I think its part of placing yourself "Out There".

I think the sad part is the unknown what drives critics such as the one your had to deal with, if they write look at what is written, it it honest, open and God centred. Are they an expert in the field that you write in or just another that I will refer too as the "Colourful 5 %" who honk their own horns just to be heard. Another coin "Talking Heads".

Janny I have watched, paid close attention here to what you write, you write from experience, your own experience, from the heart and you may not know it yet but you bring healing to the wounded, a light to the suffering.

Keep writing what ever God lays on your heart, close your ears to the horn honkers unless they have a valid point. Keep your eyes on the one that leads and guides you. Let Him drive the bus and no one else.

Blessings and Hugs


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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Keep going my friend.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you for your touching comment Quill. That means a lot to me. I think best way to learn is to actually DO it. Im a visual learner I guess. I can read and you can show but to actually do it I then understand fully the depth and meaning of what is read and said. If I do bring healing and light to my work then Im happy. That is my goal in my writing. To help and maybe have people see things in a way they might not of thought. Thank you again my friend.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

I am keeping on going my friend. Thank you Vladimir.


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Janny

I love your spirit and drive as well as what you write. Your determination for moving forward shines through in your hubs. Press on Dear


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thanks Carol. Love and blessing to you.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

you keep going, one of my writing firends said 30% will hate your guts, 30% will adore you and the rest just might read you. Take it as a grain of salt. The best stay, and that would be you! rated up stumbled upon and allt hat good stuff.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you Rebecca. No words can express the gratitiude of the advice you spread. Thank you forever so much.


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charanjeet kaur 6 years ago from Delhi

JannyC, this is how we learn in life. I feel everytime something that we do not wish for or unanticipated happens in life; we become even more stronger. There will alwyas be many who will say you are not good enough, let your work speak for you.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you charanjeet power to the writers!


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Teresa Laurente 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

Totally agree with you JannyC. You write good and the more we write, the better we get. More power. Never stop believing the power in you.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thanks Teresa for your kind words.


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DynamicS 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Great observations JannyC. As an aspiring writer I find your post very helpful about some of the pitfalls. However, you have a great attitude, just get right on with it. My grandma use to say "What doesn't kill you; make you stronger.."

You keep on doing your thing. I admire your writing, determination and passion.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Aww DymamicS Thank you! I am happy so happy you find my articles helpful. I am so happy to help other even if its just a little bit.

Love and blessings to you.


alanben8 6 years ago

yeah critics can suck, but we need them too like they need us, its a symbiotic relationship..although, that guy you talk about here seems a bit like a parasite


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Very true Alan. You have good and bad in everything. even critics.

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