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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Critique/Review (for writers) (05/06/10)

TITLE: Just A Matter Of Opinion
By Pam Ford Davis
05/12/10


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You caught me. I confess; Iím a people pleaser, fearing rejection and thriving on approval and affirmation. Pat me on the back and Iím all smiles. Correct me, and I search for comfort foods!

When I began submitting articles, a more experienced writer friend said I needed to be thick skinned. Criticism would come, and come, and comeÖ. Iím beginning to feel like a close relative to the armadillo. Hope that doesnít mean Iím destined to become road-kill.

Have you ever noticed that people try to replace words which we find hard to swallow? Think about it, commenting that a person is chubby is far less painful than fat or obese. Passed away is exchanged for dead or deceased.

As a writer, I prefer to think of close examination of my work as advice and reviews. Criticism and censure imply negative responses. Those with many years in writing, editing and publishing have earned the colorful term, critiquing. I visualize them at a French cafť corner table, wearing a beret, confidently positioned with red pencil in hand.

The ultimate goal is to sharpen my skills. A knife is sharpened by briskly moving it back and forth on a grinding stone. Friction experienced in cutting reviews will be used in a constructive way. Itís like a firm slap in the face, when a person loses control of their faculties during a crisis. ďI needed that!Ē (ButÖplease donít do it again.)

I previously worked in a career where consultants were often hired by owners to give an outside opinion. It usually resulted in cleaning house. I once even heard that after a director fired those working under him, management gave him the axe. Sometimes the new approach worked; at other times it seemed like a very expensive experiment.

Itís all just a matter of opinion. If I mess up, Iíll learn to smile and say oops. When Iím clueless to what I did wrong, Iíll shrug my shoulders and keep working. The key is to continue to be motivated and not become disheartened. Who knows, I just might one day write a best seller.

I love trivia about those who have made it to the top in their field of expertise. They usually arrived after many cliff hangers, barely missing falls to disaster. One tidbit that gives me spunk is a story about Fred Astaire. In Hollywood, in his first attempts as a struggling actor, a critic commented: Acts, sings, can dance a little. That puts things in the proper perspective.


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Sara Harricharan 05/13/10
What an inspiring opinion! This made me smile, I loved the title and the way it fit into this piece--very nicely done.

I could see the editors in the French cafe and I could definitely understand the necessary slap with the silent note of "Please don't do it again!"

Such real emotion in here--so very realistic! I love it! ^_^
AnneRene' Capp 05/13/10
This was absolutely great and you had me laughing throughout. It was also cleverly and well written. Really like your sense of humor and optimism. Good Job!
Dana McReynolds05/14/10
Nice job. I really liked the opening paragraph.
Mildred Sheldon05/16/10
The title was perfect as well as the message. I loved this very much.
Arlene Showalter 05/20/10
Loved the "armadillo" quip and the French cafe! Great stuff here!! Keep that pen smoking!!
Dusti (Bramlage) Zarse05/21/10
You certainly wrote from the heart, and I congratulate you on a well-deserved ribbon. Funny how a writer has to be thick-skinned and transparent at the same time. Don't loose that transparency. Well done.