Be a Filter, Not a Sponge

Sam, You only have to participate in one writing critique group to understand theĀ vitalĀ importance of being a filter, not a sponge. The phrase “everyone is a critic” may as well be engraved on the tombstone of every artist because . . . everyone really is a critic. When it comes to art, every opinion matters…

The Contagiousness of Style

Sam, Just FYI to start, I’ve borrowed the title of this post from a book I read freshman year of university: Becoming A Writer by Dorothea Brande. The chapter includes a paragraph that is relevant to a writer’s sensitivity to outside influence. In the chapter, Brande challenges the writer to read any author of choice…