Critics, Critiques & Commentary: Part 3

Commentary is what writers do best. We always have something to say!

If you see a quiet writer, that means they are debating what to say…or if it would matter if they say something.

Yet, this is what writers do.

Writing is commentary.

Writing is analysis.

Writing is…needed.

Make no mistake: your words are needed and necessary. Your life is comprised of more than your work, yet is powered by your existence and thought!

Weigh in when you must.

Pull back when needed.

Rest when warranted.

Even doubt every now and then.

But give up? No.

Keep going.

-JBHarris

Encouragement Pages- 2/1/2023

For what it’s worth, I am in love with my craft.

I chase it, I am grateful for it.

In that space, I want to wear it out! I want to push it, stretch it, and mold it.

I refuse to go into that Good Night without trying to tap that much more into it?

No. It would be an affront to the God who gave this to me.

With Love & Ink,

JBHarris

Day 20: Community

My cousin has been an artist for over 20 years. Taught art, even! And he is always telling me this:

“Criticism is of the art, not you.”

As hard as that is, you must keep that in perspective!

A criticism of your work must have a perspective.

Constructive criticism helps you build.

Negative criticism reminds you not all you write will be for everyone.

-JBHarris

Critics, Critiques, & Commentary: Part 2

Critiques are detailed analyses. It’s how people discuss a work or body of work.

Critiques are always going to be subjective. And these are what make (or break!) writing community–and writers!

All art is subjective. In that subjective space, all matter of conversation, and discussion occurs! Don’t shy from the discussion. Don’t recoil from the discussion!

One of the best parts of criticism is critique! Trading ideas, pulling apart the authors own thought, finding application in your life and the world around you?

Yes.

Engage in critique! Ask questions! Get inspiration. Start group chats and follow your favorite authors on Twitter or Instagram!

Engage to get encouragement.

You got this. Keep going.

-JBHarris