Whenever I see a slightly negative review or someone gives me their (unsolicited) opinion on one of my stories, I'm forced to grab onto my chair with both hands to keep from leaping at the monitor. The truth is that some people really do see themselves as Simon Cowell's twin separated at birth. They can be brutal with your story and they're pretty sure they know your characters better than you do.
What do I say to those individuals? Thank you. First, thank you for even bothering with a nobody like me. Second, thank you for giving me something to think about. Third (and this is the most important), thank you for giving me the incentive to push forth and make a name for myself in the world of writing.
Of course, that's not my first reaction. Remember when I said I wanted to leap at the monitor? Well, it's not because I want to give them a big ol hug. LOL Yeah, my initial reaction isn't to grin and go on my merry way. But eventually you settle down and you look at what the person said. Any author worth their salt knows it's important to use those critiques to their advantage. Sometimes the comments/opinions are pure nonsense, but I would be lying if I said I didn't gain at least a little insight into each and every review, reader email, or fellow author's tips.
This post isn't because I got a bad review recently. It's because of something entirely different. Someone said something negative to me personally. I doubt this person even realized what she said. At first I got a little mad, then I decided to use it as incentive. Funny how someone can inspire you when they're really trying to do the exact opposite. LOL
So, to all the Simon Cowells out there. We thank you for the accidental inspiration. *grin*
And now for some other inspiration...yum!