Do you ever subject others to your writing? I mean… excuse me… do you ever share your creativity with others in the form of the written word?
I know I do, in a variety of ways. I always have my wife read what I’m writing, and solicit her feedback. She is honest, too, which occasionally makes for some very depressing letdowns.
Sometimes it’s something like, “Honey, I know you put so much of yourself into your writing, but… well, this just doesn’t work for me.”
We do have some differences in taste in reading materials, and that’s OK. Often I have to ask her, “OK, Lara, now read this from the viewpoint of a person who enjoys crime fiction. Don’t critique the subject matter, but look at the style, word choices, technique, etc.” She’s flexible enough to do that, and it really helps. Luckily we are well-aligned in a lot of other ways, which helps to keep things motoring along smoothly.
I saw this comic recently:
If you are sometimes called upon to give appraisals of your friends or loved ones’ writing, maybe it’s time to pick up a few new words to use that sound better than they really are.
Like this blog entry: prosaic.