January 2023: READY

Last week, I spoke about how freewriting can be a lifesaver–and a tool!

I also said how freewriting will not (not ever) spoil! Now, what do I mean by spoiling?

Writing doesn’t spoil–it ages. Sometimes, depending on the topic and the time frame, it may age badly. But that doesn’t mean it spoils! The glorious thing about writing is it is resistant to spoiling! Just because you write something doesn’t mean you need to write it down immediately. It doesn’t mean that you won’t write it immediately.

The best thing to do is to write it down–don’t try to make it all make sense! The sensible thing is to get it down–being cognizant of what it is you want to write and get back to, or consistently add to.

The scariest part is the beginning, yes.

The frightening part is not having what you need when you need it–you inevitably will.

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