Have you read the book with the same title by Eric Smith as yet?
Well, I enjoy reading comments. Like on YouTube channels – personally I think that reading the comments while watching the video heightens the experience. And of late, I have also been drawn to reviews on Goodreads.
Sure some people may say as a spectator and someone who is not in the arena, I don’t have much to lose. And if we are going by Theodore Roosevelt’s quote on the same – ‘ It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena’ – then that argument is very valid.
But still, we manage to get critics anyway who are very vocal and confident with their comments. Some of those comments are witty and funny. Some are introspective and inspire some more thought on the subject. Some of them echo my own thoughts. And then some of them are just down right savage!
You need a steel case for your heart when you decide to put your art out there for strangers to critic. I get it.
But I have grown a fondness for the reviews on Goodreads. One – there are some exhaustive reviews that let me know whether I might like a book given that their reasons are solid. And two (which is most important) – as a writer, it lets me know some things that are misses with the readers.
Which is always hard to judge.
Because one thing those reviews will prove is that what works for someone else is what someone else will hate on. I have personally seen that in the few pieces I have sent in and received feedback on. One of them will say they loved the dialogue between the characters and it flowed naturally and another will say that the dialogue was strange and forced.
How do you please all sides of the coin? Especially when you are getting conflicting information?
Or how do you tell that which is authentic and not just seeping in jealousy that you managed to make it into the arena and produce something worthwhile?
How do you strike the balance for gaining information to improve your craft. After all, once you put it out there you want people to enjoy it and to talk as positively as they can about it.
So I do read the comments with my heart made of mush and steel and mull those thoughts over on a blog.
Also, the blogposts on this channel have been a little sporadic. Thank you the MVPs who make it here regardless.