Everyone Can Be a Writer, but…
Maybe I should’ve minded my own business, and I’ve probably “fed the troll,” so to speak. But I just have to share this, because this is something everyone needs to know. There is one thing to be honest, there is another to be cruel, and I believe this to be cruel. Rather than critiquing the work in a constructive way, this person went so far as to attack the individual who asked for a review.
It could be that I’m just tired, as it is nearing midnight where I am, but this has me angrier than I can manage. Everyone has the opportunity to be a writer. Everyone! It can be anyone and everyone’s dream, and the boards I am a part of help to better young writers who wish to follow their dreams. Why would anyone crush them like this? Yes, it’s hard to be a writer. Yes, this person had problems with capitalization and general grammar, but that doesn’t mean you completely crush them and tell them they can never be a writer. No. No. I will not stand for it.
All of you reading this tonight, whether you share it or not, you CAN be a writer. Write every single day. Even if you don’t write as well as Stephen King or Jane Austen, keep going, because practice will make you better, and you will be a writer because you know what a writer does? A writer WRITES! Now, good night everyone.
I put that post on tumblr a couple of weeks ago, and while I still believe that “as long as you write, you are a writer,” I must amend it a bit and say: Everyone can be a writer, but not everyone can be good writers. Just a small clarification, but my opinions still stand when it comes to working in critique groups or reviewing other people’s work. Just my two cents for the day. What are your opinions on the matter? Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know, and comment below.
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Wow, that was a harsh comment. Way to kill someone’s dream. Grammar and spelling are important, but I agree with you. If someone wants to write, they should write. No everyone will be good at it, but I also think that ‘good’ is subjective.
Good is subjective. That’s why some people despise, for example, _50 Shades of Grey_, and some people love it. It’s all a matter of taste and how we perceive things. It’s one of the greatest parts of writing. Everyone is going to see something different in your piece. There will be a lot that EVERYONE sees, but there will always be little things that only a few people will see.
Thank you for the comment. 🙂
Read your blog & I totally agree with you Lissy, everyone has the right to write or even just try to write if that’s what they feel compelled to do for themselves, regardless of their reasons, or of their ability, or grammer, spelling ect, others don’s have the right to condemn them before they have been given a go, time & history have proven many times over that people of very limited education & opportunity have shocked the world with their talent, & go on to reach world wide acclaim !!
Exactly! Don’t stunt their growth before they even get a chance to spread their wings and fly. 🙂