THWT Question for 09 JUN 2020

Here is the Two Hundred Word Tuesday question for today:

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?

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3 comments

  1. It’s actually hard for me to come up with the harshest criticism I’ve ever got. There are far too many to pick from!

    Like the time a critic at a major newspaper (remember those?) who compared me to the room of monkeys with typewriters.

    Or the now deceased member of a film critic pair who suggested I look for a new career option.

    Or… you get the idea!

    Fact is, many of them are gone/unemployed/redundant now and I’m still around making more money than they ever did.

    Go figure!

    Keep Loving!

  2. My own husband pointed out to me that I need to write what sells. He says that since virgins with low-self-esteem being dominated by rich alpha-jerks is so popular, I need to write that–maybe tossing in a secret baby. My kids tell me that I should write young adult end-of-the-world dystopia novels, to cash in on that–or vampires who voluntarily hang out in high schools. Sigh. That’s not what I even want to read, let alone have living in my head for long enough to write a book!

    I don’t think it’s the tropes or the fact that my heroines are all strong and independent, while my heroes are often beta males, that explains my sales. I think I’m just still unknown to so many readers. So I ignore my family, even though I know they mean their criticism in the most loving way–and I continue to write what amuses me, what’s given to me by my muse.

    1. Dear God…

      Why would anyone want to VOLUNTARILY hang out at a high school???

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