Being a critique partner and having a critique partner is vital to the writing process. I am so blessed to have my dear critique partner, friend, and fellow author Linda Schmalz. She understands the delicate balance between being too harsh...and not getting the point across. (Probably why Fresh Ice is taking so long...and why it will be most excellent when it finally is done!)
Meanwhile, my friends at Online Colleges sent me this list of not so constructive criticisms. It's good for a laugh and a forming a new appreciation for your own critique partners!
There is a kind of unwritten rule among writers that you don’t criticize colleagues’ work too harshly, because they understand just how hard it is to produce great pieces. And yet, over the years handfuls of famous writers have taken huge exceptions to this rule, often with harsh but hilarious results. Some of them expressed their opinions in letters that have been included in their biographies, and who knows if they intended for the world to know of them. Either way, of the ones that are out there for all of us to enjoy, here are 10 of the best literary smack-downs ever recorded.
"A formless and dull mass of phony folklore, a cold pudding of a book, a persistent snore in the next room, most aggravating to the insomniac!"Vladimir Nabokov is no hack writer. Two of his works are listed on the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels list. So when, in a 1967 interview, he decided to give his two cents on writing legend James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, it was no surprise that he did it quite expressively. "Finnegans Wake‘s façade disguises a very conventional and drab tenement house, and only the infrequent snatches of heavenly intonations redeem it from utter insipidity."
- famously loathed) "on salary," but not Austen. In another letter he said reading Pride and Prejudice made him wish he could "dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone."