Most of the time, I believe writing’s the thing for me. I’m always a good story critic and love telling them no matter what. People’s reactions to words are always interesting and compelling. But sometimes that changes.
I’ll get critiques that say I need to take a writing course cause I can’t tell a story at all. When I ask for more details to understand what he/she thinks, I’ll get more harsh comments back. Some say I’m too arrogant and should go to people who’d kiss my butt so everyone else can call me a loser behind my back. And – no joke – say I should take up basket weaving.
This negativity can destroy a writer in seconds. For the next handful of hours, nothing seems quite right. Words don’t want to flow. Music blasts through ears to drown out the self hating thoughts.
After a while, I’m okay again. I think. Writing seems accomplishable and fun. It’s not too bad anymore.
But be careful giving and receiving critiques. Words – even words we don’t write down for a story – can be powerful.