After being called “literary vomit,” “vulgar,” “zero,” and “ashamed to read it” … this feedback warms my heart πŸ’•β˜•οΈ

Thank you, Dave!Β 

I’m reading now Charles Bukowski on Writing (highly recommend, the book is his private letters)… two excerpts about writing and critique:

  1. Too many poets work too consciously at their stuff and when you see their work in print, they seem to be saying… see here, old man, just look at THIS POEM. I might even say that a poem should not be a poem, but more a chunk of something that happens to come out right. I do not believe in techniques or schools or sissies… I believe in grasping at the curtains like a drunken monk… and tearing them down, down, down.
  2. Mr. Noble* believes I am being brash and sexy when I speak of “fumbling with flat breasts.” There is nothing less sexy, though certainly there are things less brash. It is a tragedy of poetry and life, these flat breasts, and those of us who live life as well as write about it must realize that if we outstay our feelings on this we might as well ignore the fall of Rome, or ignore cancer, or the piano works of Chopin. Etc.





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27 Responses

  1. masercot says:

    Don’t let anyone else tell you what to write about. I used to publish links in… they comments were just horrible. I was shocked that they didn’t have any impact…

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      How about that market-thing*? :)) I mean everybody is trying to write for the market*… & yeah, I’m used to harsh comments and reviews. Sometimes wondering if they read a word πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

      • masercot says:

        I like to think about Haruki Murakami. He writes whatever he wants… might be conventional, might be insane. I want to be like that…

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Yeah, he got his special style tho… well, let’s just continue and see where we’ll arrive

  2. alexraphael says:

    What a wonderful review.

  3. librepaley says:

    Commiserations if you have been subjected to the negative comments noted at the top of the post. β€œAshamed to read it”? Erm, stop reading then? Spare thyself the mortal shame. Anyway, the reviews from Dave are not only heart-warming, they are also insightful and intelligent, and much more constructive – ‘twisted in a good way’! Also agree with your later point in the comments about writing for the market – those of us who have chosen not to write for the market are no being stupid, not ‘missing the point’ or naive. We have made a conscious choice. We don’t necessarily expect the big sales by not writing comps and copy-cats; we are after the satisfaction. If we meet some of those fellow off-beat souls through writing, then it is an added bonus.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      The market stuck & in need of new voices/genre? Even if we have less in numbers – we still have great readers (in spirit & understanding) … & I believe it is more important. I’m often smiling while reading ridiculously crazy comments I’m getting … & they are always going against the author, not against his work. It is saying a lot.

  4. Never get discouraged by comments. There will always be people who’ll love to read you Everything finds its audience in the end.

  5. You seem to be collecting 60 odd years old men as readers – says he as one! We know talent when we read it!

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      I’m 42 πŸ™‚ so I guess it’s absolutely ok ✌️most of my readers r men πŸ™‚
      & thank you πŸ•ΊπŸ“š

  6. A lovely note, VR. Underscores that you are doing the right thing.

  7. I truly don’t understand human nature sometimes, why do people feel the need to be hurtful and nasty? Don’t fret over the bad reviews πŸ™‚ just enjoy the good ones <3

  8. If we start writing what people want, we will never write anything!!
    That is a great review and must goad more sixty years old men to buy your books! πŸ˜‰

    Bukowski cannot be wrong.

  9. Jina Bazzar says:

    Always write what you’d like to read – I’ve lived by this rule since I began writing. Some readers don’t like it, others do. But at the end of the day, I did something I enjoy, the way I enjoy. I do keep the negative feedback (not the hurtful ones, just the constructive) in mind, because sometimes you can take something from it and improve in the future.
    Btw, when I read “drunk monk” my mind automatically imagined monkeys. Why I switched the two, I have no idea.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Agreed πŸ™‚ constructive feedback is great, I’m enjoying reading it. And there’s always room for improvement. Btw, β€œdrunk monk” & monkey πŸ’ goes well together haha

  10. That’s so lovely to hear Ray. Glad you got some good feedback, and don’t let the naysayers kick you down!

  11. Simon says:

    That’s high praise indeed! πŸ™‚

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