Silver, the need to criticize belies a longing for recognition, appreciation, and validation. None of which, however, can be obtained through criticism.
I’m sure it’s just a phase they’re going through.
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Silver, you’re actually glowing today.
You know what? I think the Universe is onto something here. I’ve seen “review attacks” launched at authors by rabid fans of other authors. Trust me, it ain’t pretty! I’ve gotten some 1 star reviews that made me wonder if that person read the same book I wrote. Oh, I totally get not liking a character, a plot device, the author’s voice, etc. I get not liking a genre and give props to a reader who is willing to try something new even if they discover they don’t like that genre. At all. I’ve gotten some of those “not my cuppa tea” reviews. Hey, I mainly write UF and paranormal romance suspense/thrillers. LOTS of people don’t like what I write. I appreciate everyone who gives me a try. But there are those trolls out there who delight in leaving bad reviews. And just like the trolls on social media, I think those individuals are looking to validate their own pitiful lives by tearing down others. 🤷 <– That's me shrugging. Those types have always been around. Best way to deal with them? Ignore and get on with being productive by writing the next book.
Is there useful criticism? Heck yeah! That's what editors are for. I don't care if you're Stephen King or Nora Roberts or any other perennial best-selling author. They have editors to keep them on track and to fix the dumb things that slip into our writing no matter how careful we are. It happens. But then there's the criticism for criticism's sake. And I wonder about the mindset of those who offer it.
So…basically, writers? Ignore the 1 stars and the harsh denigration of your work. Yeah, yeah. It's hard. Trust me, I am WELL aware. But I have to be honest. I don't love or even like every book I read. Why would everyone out there love mine? Who wants to be generic? Not me! Writers, how do you deal with criticism? Readers, how do you feel about those 1 star reviews? Do they make you less likely to check out a book?