I’ll admit it. Out of more than 50 reviews, I received one bad one. You can’t win the hearts and minds of everyone, but I have to admit, this one hurt.
Here’s what got to me. Nothing else phased me until I got to this comment. “I really resented the mawkish sentiment which had me crying so often. That’s a lousy trick to play on your readers.”
What? As a writer I’m not allowed to make you cry? I was crying when I wrote it! Robert Frost once said, ” No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.”
Did I intend to purposely provide mawkish sentiment and play a lousy trick on my readers. NO! I wanted my readers to feel! In order to get across any message, I needed to make my readers feel the pain of my characters. And to feel my pain.
The purpose of any writing is to elicit a feeling that causes a response. Often, the experiences of the reader block those feelings, causing the resentment expressed in the critic’s quote. Have we not all loved and lost? Do we not talk about it or write about it because it causes too much pain? Doesn’t that pain have to come out before it can heal?
I would love to know what you think? When you read a book that causes you discomfort or makes you cry or makes you think about something that needs to be discussed, do you resent it? What advice would you give me? If you want to tell me to toughen up, I already do have thick skin. I don’t mind good advice. If I’m off base, tell me!
Think about my question and let me know your thoughts. I would appreciate it!
Until next time, thanks!
About the Post Author:
Carol McKibben has been a principal of McKibben Consulting since 1991 and provides quality writing, editing, marketing and PR services for her clients. She has 30+ years of experience in publishing, marketing, public relations, business management, education and project management. Noted for her marketing and highly-organized management skills in business, in 1997, she co-founded and was president of McKibben Communications, LLC, one of the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies for three consecutive years until it was sold in 2001. Previous to McKibben Communications, Carol was Vice-President and Publisher at Miramar Communications, a Los Angeles-based company specializing in trade publications.
Carol re-joined the publishing world in 2004 where she co-founded and was president of Azina Communications, publishers of Dream Spaces Home Design Sourcebooks and a companion Web site.
In 2008, Carol began a career in freelance writing and editing under the McKibben Consulting umbrella. As well as working with other authors to create their books, she has three of her own available on Amazon.