Sunday, 26 November 2017

NaNoWriMo: Day 26 ~ Thick Skin

Art is subjective.

Whether someone likes a painting, a poem, or even a sculpture is based on their personal opinion — and the most important thing I’ve learned is that you’re never going to make everyone happy. Take my short story, for example.

I read it to my sister last night, and she gripped the side of the couch at the scary parts, gasped when I thought she would, and even cried—and I'm not even done yet. But then I read the same story to my friend Sophie, and she wasn't as responsive. She said it wasn't scary enough, and when I teared up reading it aloud, she said I was "too soft."

At first, I was kind of upset. I've been working on this story for 25 days—which is a record for me—and of course I want everyone to love it. Not everyone will. In fact, I remember what one author once told me when she came to our school for a talk—when you start sharing your work with the public, you need to develop a thick skin.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s important to have people read and edit your writing if you want to get better, but as long as the criticism is constructive (and not mean), then take advantage of the feedback to learn how you can improve.

Still, I know it’s hard seeing all of those “red edits” all over your writing. When I’m asked to give feedback on some writing, I use a green pen — green for growth. It looks a lot less harsh! Maybe give that a try?

Gotta jet! May the words be in your favour!

~ Chase Superman Duffy

Word Count: 4,400

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