I had to attend a mandatory class the other day and we had an exercise that we did which was shared out loud with the group. And the woman running the class said something that I think could be applicable to criticism.
She said that we should applaud the effort that went into the project and even reading it in front of the group. Then we should say something positive. Then we should offer some constructive criticism.
In other words:
That makes sense to me. I’ve tried to do that in past communications with authors. Frontload the things that I liked, so that they don’t get lost in the shuffle and are said clearly up front. Then move on to the things that could be improved.
Just seemed like a good frame to me.
This Sorkin quote articulates how I feel about myself sometimes:
I grew up surrounded by people who are smarter than I am, and I like the sound of intelligence. I can imitate that sound, but it’s not organic.
Patti Abbott issued a drabble challenge so I recycled an old drabble to fit her parameters. I may try to write another one but for now…
Bishop looked over at Ivy. Her nerves were getting the better of her. She crunched a lollipop. He smiled and wished his life would be long enough to always remember this moment. Bullhorn shouts outside the church interrupted. Red and blue disco lights.
Ivy looked at him. The cancer had taken its toll since the insurance ran out and they couldn’t afford the enzyme treatment anymore. She never loved him more.
Nodded. Burst through the door. Plastic guns held high. Yelling.
The light leaving Bishop’s eyes danced with the light of the police cars then left for good.
As per usual when I do something like this you should feel free to mock me.