Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sorrows of the armchair critic

When I turned six, a boy a year younger than me gave me a handmade birthday card. I told him birds and clouds don’t really look like that. 

Also, I wasn't really sure how the black birds on pink paper motif had any relevance to celebrating another year of maturity. It all seemed sort of random. I wasn’t trying to be mean; I just thought he might like to know. 

It is very, very hard to switch to being an author when you’re a critic at heart.


  1. Well, you just have to write one good thing that gets you attention and then you can make a living pointing out flaws in other people's stuff.

  2. The tricky thing is not obsessing over the flaws in your own stuff.

  3. I don't think you'd be a writer if you didn't. Obsession is a two-edged sword, but, as far as I can tell, a necessary one.