Have Writers forgotten how to Respectfully Read?

Put down that red pen.

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Pull off that critiquer’s hat.


Can we as wannabe professional authors remember what it is to enjoy a good story without comparing it to our own or ripping it apart? It doesn’t matter how cute you may be (see above photo) a smart ass is still an ass.

When do these Rules we try to adhere to begin to interfere? And who can agree on what these ‘rules’ are, anyway.

We have all heard of Ancient Aliens and binary code.


Basic grammar is a given.

But let us dive into the magical, mystical realm of the elusive POV. Here is where you may want to slip into your armor, rubber suit or invisible cloak. Pull on those hip-waders and get wet.

Seriously, we need to learn to relax and remember how to enjoy the ride.

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And I am speaking of the joy in being whisked away through the art of storytelling not proving to ourselves we are the master of all writing evils.

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Over the past year and half of writing, I have encountered the term head-hopper, POV switching, etc. A term that was never acquainted with me in my writing group until after I entered a contest and received my review. All’s good I am willing to adapt. Sooo…Just when I believed I had the real 411 on the situation, the controversy still slaps me along side the head.

“I QUIT,” my 4-year-old granddaughter says when the time calls to toughen up. You are allowed to switch character heads within the same scene as long as it is defined. This is the hang-up.

In my short career, as a very non-professional, debut author, I believed I wrote in omniscient third person. I never enjoyed reading stories written in the first person nor did I personally like a his chapter and then a hers chapter. For myself as the reader, because this is all that I was, it pulled me out of the given story, and I was oblivious to the debate.

Now I begin to understand.


To do so ends a needless migraine of putting your writing in question.

I have opened myself up to reading multiple genres, different POV’s, and broaden my limited exposure on all literature. I have learned to appreciate the dedication and honor a writer’s accomplishment, no matter my personal preferences because I long to grow, to get better at my chosen craft. When I am called to be a reader, I read.

So after the multitude of  stressors, ending in needless sleepless nights and crunchy Cheeto eating binges,


I am going to settle with agreeing to disagree. How simple, right?

And, I will use this great article as my bible of reference.


I opt to write clear and concise. When my publisher calls for a specific change, I will then gladly accept the assignment.

Write on…<3 Jessica

PS…Yes, I still write 3rd person omniscient.


7 thoughts on “Have Writers forgotten how to Respectfully Read?

  1. I was watching Elizabeth Gilbert’s video yesterday and I loved how she mentioned (if I remember correctly lol) that no matter what we write, someone from so e wheel of life is going to criticize you on that’s writings originaliry and say how it might have been an idea stolen from c, y, z whatever thibgs that particular individual is exposed to.

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