Friday, April 12, 2013
A-Z Challenge: K Day!
Until I was in the process of publishing my book, I never even thought about my reviews and how they could actually *gasp* hurt someone's feelings. Authors were big rich people who didn't care about stuff like that, right? Umm, no. Now I wish I could go back and erase all those reviews.
But we don't want to lie, because readers want to know! So what are we to do? It's a conundrum (my favorite word ever). I have a new policy -- if I don't love it enough to give it four or five stars, I won't review it. If I do have to review it and I don't love it, I'll focus on what was good about it, because it is someone's baby and just because it wasn't my cup of tea doesn't mean it isn't fantastic. Everything about reading is subjective.
AND we can use KINDNESS when we critique others' work. I know critique means we're supposed to find things that need to be fixed, but it also means find the things you love, and point them out. Writers are baring their soul and they need those kind words as well as the critical ones.
FINALLY, be KIND to yourself. We are our own worst critics, right? Yes we are (I am using the right? Right thing a LOT today. I'm not entirely sure why). We NEED to be our own biggest cheerleader. So. Go do that, would ya?