Tuesday, April 12, 2011

An Option To Learn

A man sets out on a journey to tell a story he believes to be good. Of course, having never written the story, and lacking experience, he wonders if he will be able to entertain others with the writing.

He has his doubts, but despite that fear, he writes his story. The going is slow, as he intends for it to be a series of novelettes.

Finally, he releases the first novelette and over time two more. He even throws in a few non-related short stories. And he continues writing more of his story, eager to release more stories for people to read.

And now he wants reviews. He puts out the call that he will supply any reviewers with a free copy of his works, if they are willing to put up a review on their web site.

As quickly as a tulip opens in the sunlight, someone gets back to him. He sends off the first novelette for review, anticipating what he will receive back from the reviewer.

A few days later, the reviewer gets back to him and declines to write the review. Obviously, they feel the book is not up to par and the review would damage the writer’s reputation. Very valid reasons are given for this decision, and the writer accepts the advice from the reviewer and holds no grudge for the reviewer’s kindness, even if the writer was willing to accept a bad review.

So what can the writer do? The writer could feel insulted and lash out, totally disagreeing with the reviewer. He could be scathing and back-biting. Overall, he could be a real jerk. He could allow the opinion to destroy him, hurting his esteem and make him question if writing stories is something he is capable of doing. Yes, he could give up!

But he doesn’t react in any of those ways. He’s a writer. He knows not everyone will like his writing. He knows not everyone will agree with how he tells his story. So he decides to learn from the experience, because this writer realizes he can never improve, if he’s never given negative feedback. He can never entertain, if he never bores someone. He can never be a success, if he isn’t a failure first.