mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)

Dealing With Criticism

As writers know, no work of fiction is liked by everyone. Even a novel that sells a billion copies will have its detractors. And no matter who you are, criticism can sting.

So how do people deal with criticism? Personally, I try to emulate the great playwright George Bernard Shaw.

As the story goes, after the opening performance of "Arms and the Man," George Bernard Shaw went onto the stage to take a bow. And in the middle of all the applause and cheers, one man silenced the crowd completely by shouting, "Shaw, your play stinks!"

In the hushed silence, everyone looked to see how Shaw would react. He turned directly toward the critic, and said, "My friend, I agree with you completely. But who are you and I against so many?"

And with that, the applause and cheers continued.

So, to those who find flaws and fault with my work: I agree with you completely. But who are you and I against so many?
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