Count to Ten Before Mouth Opens…If Necessary Keep Counting

A Christmas tree at Santa Claus' Park. In 2005...

A Christmas tree at Santa Claus’ Park. In 2005 this was close to the entrance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What type of person are you? When I ask this question, I am referring to your personality; and to delve even deeper, are you a patient soul or do you fly off the handle at the drop of a hat? Since I’m the one doing the talking and you’re doing the listening, I guess that’s a question you’ll have to ask yourself. So, let me tell you a little about myself.

I’ve never been known as an individual with an over-abundance of patience. In my younger days, I would tend to not so much fly off the handle as eagerly voice my frustration…frequently, with colorful language that when I think back makes me ashamed that I kissed my mother with such a dirty mouth. On rare occasions (and when combined with alcohol), these releases of frustration could result in the destruction of objects within close proximity.

As I have gotten older, I have acquired patience with some things through trials in my life and become less patient with other things–case in point, children. Let me be perfectly clear, I love children. I just recently became a grandfather.  What I’m talking about is raising children. That’s why grandchildren are so nice.  You can spoil them to the nth degree then play dumb and hand them back to Mommy and Daddy.

I also learned when one wishes to acquire patience unless they’re willing to go through torment this is not something you should pray for.

To tie this post into writing, I am going to take a different approach. My first novel, has received reviews, mostly positive.  I got one the other day that figuratively ripped me to shreds. There was nothing positive in the review and this person actually took the time to write three disparaging paragraphs. They stopped short of a personal attack but just barely.

Thankfully I am thick-skinned and expect negative reviews but this one stuck in my growl for some reason.  What I was able to determine, was that this person was angry about the book’s content. I am a proud Christian and my writing tends to lean in that direction.  I can only speculate that my nemesis was of the atheistic or agnostic persuasion. The novel is written in such a way that if you know the Bible, you will pick up similarities, if not, then, it is just another work of fiction.

So in conclusion, don’t let criticism that is not constructive and helpful to your work bother you. On a different note the summer’s coming to an end and Christmas is just around the corner. Now what I want you to do is sing the song to yourself, “Here Comes Santa Claus.” After you finish the first verse, I don’t want you to think of this song anymore today….how do you like me now?

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5 responses to “Count to Ten Before Mouth Opens…If Necessary Keep Counting

  1. That was another excellent post today. Thanks so much for sharing. Keep up the fantastic job.

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  2. I like the comment “…stuck in my growl.” Evocative image along the lines of “don’t look at me in that tone of voice.”

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