Janet Muirhead Hill Identifies Categories of Critics a Writer Meets
Guest Blogger Janet Muirhead Hill, author of the Miranda and Starlight series of six books and Danny's Dragon, a story of wartime loss continues her series of Riehlife blog posts on Overcoming Rejection and the Writing Life. Tomorrow she'll discuss "How to Separate Our Personhood from Our Work When Receiving and Using Criticism."--JGR
Monica Wood says in her book, The Pocket Muse that "every writer needs two critics, one who gives only praise and another who never ever lies."
The love-everything reader: I agree that the encouragement of family and friends who love everything I write goes a long way toward keeping the creative juices flowing.
The gently discerning listener: In my writers group, I have the support of people who never lie, but they tell the truth in the most gentle and supportive way, qualifying with an "I may be wrong," so that it hardly feels like criticism and is very constructive.
The Nasty and Adversarial Critic: There are other kinds of critics a writer is bound to encounter along the way—one who, for reasons we may never know, seems bent on tearing the writer and her work apart, apparently taking personal umbrage at what has been written and is fighting back.
The Clueless Critic: There is also the critic, who, though he harbors no malice, does not understand your viewpoint, but because of his or her own experiences and beliefs or biases, finds fault where there is none.
It is up to the writer to sort through it all and find her own truth.
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