This might take a while. It’s a recurrent theme here at MW but not one we’ve addressed much recently so I thought I’d come at it from a slightly different perspective.
Different conversations with friends over the last few days got me thinking about the various forms of crap that gets thrown at writers. Some instances:
bitter, hostile or otherwise unhelpful beta readers/critique partners
snide remarks from friends and colleagues about your literary “hobby” (these don’t go away after you’ve hit the NY Times
Bestseller list, by the way)
rejections from agents, editors and their minions, the tone of which range from the bland to the brutal
blistering, mean-spirited unfair or ill-informed reviews of your published work everywhere from legitimate newspapers and websites
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