This train wreck is different. It has gone viral, touching countless sites, blogs and forums. It seems as if the writer having the melt down has also potentially ended a future career in the process.
There are several important lessons to learn form it all and I decided to post about it because of that.
- Being confident is good, being blind to your own imperfections is not.
- Reading the dialogue/story out loud might not help you at all.
- Making the effort of editing the story you spent years working on is never redundant.
- Having an impartial person proof reading the work before publishing is worth it.
- Avoid responding to a review of your work. The review is for potential readers not the writer.
- Take opinions serious enough to question yourself but not so seriously that you have an emotional melt down over it. It might be good advice, use it, or it might be an opinion that doesn't matter, then leave it. That's all there is to it.
Why do you necessarily have to be wrong
just because a few million people think you are?
- Frank Zappa -