A while ago I wrote a very bad scene for my book. I knew it was bad, one of the main characters was very one dimensional and the whole premise was too obvious. After much deliberation I worked out how to fix it by completely re-writing that character. On a whim I posted the original scene being very open that I didn’t like and was going to change it. I expected some comments back telling me it was a load of do-do. Strangely enough for a whole day I got nothing, not a murmur. Well I got a few polite likes. This just goes to show what a nice group you all are. I suspect it was so bad you couldn’t bring yourself, it would be like kicking a sick puppy.
Eventually Kirizar and Aussiean2011 took a stiff drink and waded into the affray. Did they throw rocks at me laugh at my bad constructed character? No they said encouraging things about it. Kirizar even got me on my favourite subject Harry Potter.
One of my favourite sayings of my late mother was ‘if you can’t say anything nice don’t say it.’ In lots of situations that is sterling advice but in the realm of my book I wouldn’t mind a bit of criticism it can be very helpful.
On a final point when I was telling my wife of the strange lack of negative comments she looked at me and said. ‘If you knew it was bad why did you bother posting it?’ To that I have no answer other than maybe I have a touch of the masochist in me, but then hasn’t every writer?