I follow and read a multitude of different blogs. I do this for a number of reasons. First off I find it interesting to read what other write about. Second I learn about my own writing which in turn helps my writing skills to grow. Earlier today I came across a blog post that I found to be rather sad. It wasn’t sad because of the subject but more because of what the writer believed.
This particular author had not written any blog post in over a year. They stated this was because someone told them that they had no business writing in a blog because their writing was bad. First off we are a species of learning. We crave learning and to better ourselves. So to fear other people’s critiques and allow them to stop you from something is just sad in my eyes. If I were to fear what others say about me or their critiques then I would have missed out on a lot throughout life. They should learn from the experience and advice. They should not hide in fear from something they enjoy simply because of what others think or say.
When people critique your work, you should run with that information. Even if you think they are being mean or just don’t like your work. Take what they say and try to improve. Try to understand what they might not like about the work, try to find a way to add improvement. I’ve come to learn over the years that things can always be improved upon, nothing is perfect! Something else to remember is some people don’t understand what they sound like when they are giving critiques, they might just be a blunt and to the point type person also. I know I’m guilty of this. I really dislike people beating around the bush and attempting to sugar coat things. Just come out and tell me I suck and where you see a problem at. I’m going to take what you say to heart and attempt to improve.
But the lesson here is to not hide from fear, but to grow and learn from it! If we hide every time something scares us then we will never move forward in life. I mean think about history if people had hidden because of their fears we as a species wouldn’t be as advanced as we are. Many writers had their work critique by others…imagine if Jane Austen, Rudyard Kipling, Voltaire and even Ernest Hemingway had stopped writing just because of what others said. Think of all the great stories and books that would never had been written for minds to read….And these are just author, think about the scientist, activist, humanitarians, and even just those that commit everyday ordinary acts of kindness. Embrace fear!