REBLOG – Meanest Feedback for Writers–a Worst Ten List

I’m a writer. I’ve been on vacation for a couple of decades. But that is what I am. And reading this blog reminded me of the heartbreak that accompanies a love affair with your own words should you choose to share them. But hey… no pain, no gain, right?! With Love Always, Chantelle

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 Writing criticism is a terribly, terribly hard thing to deal with. There are lots of rules. Never start a piece of writing with a cliché. Never end a sentence with a preposition. Avoid gratuitous adverbs. My first sentence just broke most of them. But while rules abound for the corralling, branding, and slaughtering of bad writing, shouldn’t there be more about what NOT to say to the fragile neophyte writer?

Here is a Top Ten List of some of the worst writing responses that I or someone I know has received (for the ones I may have doled out, mea culpa, and I say that knowing I may do time in Dante’s purgatorio for any poeticides in the second degree that I have inadvertently committed):

1. The Dis and Dismiss. A novelist friend of mine, whose 11 novels as last listed on Wikipedia have received over four…

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