Thursday, March 29, 2012
WRITING IS SUBJECTIVE
There WAS one name I didn't see--mine.
Did I really expect to see it? No. I knew other writers who entered, had read their most excellent books and frankly felt their stories were a couple shades better than mine. Still, I've learned long ago writing is subjective. So is judging. Throw all that into the mix and maybe, just maybe I stood a teeny chance. Then again...maybe not.
I felt that way about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The book reigned on the NYT's Best Sellers list for months. I fell alseep during the long chapter on economics and gave up the ghost before I reached the mid-way point. It just wasn't for me. Loved the movie though. Both of them.
This often happens with reviewers who pan a book or short story. It just wasn't for them. Writing is subjective, after all. Still, a bad review stings. To recieve a poor score on a contest entered chafs. Why couldn't they see the beauty in the book? Because...we're all different. Don't allow a bad review or a low contest score to prevent you from writing your next piece. We don't write for others anyway. We write for our souls.