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Should I ever take a review personally?

I recently had a discussion with a friend of mine, (it is funny  how many blog postings come of discussions), and an interesting question came up:

Should you ever take a review of your writing personally?

This question reminds me of what a friend of mine who has spent a career in the restaurant business once said to me. “You know, people say that the customer is always right. In my business, sometimes the customer is a drunken asshole!”

To me as long as the harsh words are constructive criticism and are delivered in a positive way, then it would be wrong to take the review personally. However, if the reviewer has obviously not read the work, at least thoroughly, or if they are unduly crude or rude in their delivery of their critique then, yes, take it personally. But be professional if you follow it up.

Remember, if you sling mud you can expect some to get on you as well.

How do you read?

Me?  A voracious reader? 

Some call me that but the truth of the matter is I read when I am at home, which is not often due to my social life and business activities.  But I have been working recently to become more efficient in my reading.  Of course, I am read up on the latest in speed reading courses and I do use the principles outlined in these courses to help me get even more reading done than normal.  But I think besides the amount of time available for reading I have a problem with the reading material itself.

For instance, I read for many reasons.  One important reason is research for my writing projects.  I also am a reviewer for so it is very important to get through this workload as well.  And just as important is the reading that I do for my own pleasure.  So damn!  I have one hell of a stack of books next to my bed.

I suppose if you were to take them out and count them you’d find 25% of the books are for research, 25% for my own pleasure and 50% for review.  But don’t get me wrong.  I enjoy them all!

So I have been asking myself if there is a system I can create so that I can spend more time with the books I read for my own curiosity.  If you know of one or if you think of one, let me know!