“Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.”
I’ve written before about ‘the man in the arena‘, and just how easy it is to criticise from the sidelines. It always looks easier when it’s not you tackling the problems.
Vonnegut has an excellent take on this. People do the best work they can (on the whole). Treating it with derision, or vitriol, or scorn, is an absolute waste of time and energy.
So, next time you feel the urge to scoff about a poorly written blog post or terrible movie, check yourself.
Perhaps even take some time to offer words of encouragement, and maybe some constructive criticism. We learn best by teaching. And we always have more to learn.