One of the things that show an author’s maturity is when he or she bites the bullet of my criticism and uses whatever points I raise as valid points to improve their works. Usually, that would mean for the author to go back to the original work that was once deemed ‘publishable’ and re-edit whatever has become a frustration to the reader.
After putting nearly a week’s worth of complaints from whiny authors, I started to become discouraged. Honestly, I was starting to think that I was the only author who was mature enough to handle negative criticism. Until I read these two emails from different authors, I realized that my inputs were well worth the investment. Not only has their responses pointed out the existence of an exception, but also suggested that perhaps there are authors who are willing to take their arts more seriously than I would typically expect.
Out of the multiple encounters from different authors, I would run into the typical ‘I’m an author because I wrote a book’ type of self-published writer. In any of these circumstances, I hesitate on the label altogether, seeing that they are not the kinds that would bother to improve their craftsmanship and accept that writing is not the easiest journey to begin with. These are the ones that I am after because the style of writing ought not to be read in the first place.
As for these two viewers, I want to point out that I strongly urge them to pick on their craft of writing and learn to accept that criticism is oftentimes the best ally in improving your work.