Writing Pro Since 1998
I find it very funny that you censor all of your comments and this is a blog about writing. People write because they like free speech, not censorship. Most writers believe in the freedom of press and the expansion of knowledge and thoughts through words. Further, even if someone writes something you don't like, I think their voice should still be heard. Any criticism is good criticism.
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I don't censor comments, Ashley; I moderate them. My comments policy can be read on the about PBW page over there on the sidebar.Moderation of comments simply means I decide which are appropriate to the topic (which do get posted on the blog) and which are inappropriate, which are deleted or marked as SPAM. If I didn't do this, the blog would be swamped with SPAM about penis enlargers, over the border narcotic sites and the widows of deposed African princes wishing to exchange millions for your bank information. While I respect freedom of speech, I am not the press. I'm a professional writer with a very large online readership and one of the most popular blogs in my industry -- which I built and maintain on my own. As such I feel no obligation to make my space available as an open platform to anyone who wants to use it for their own purposes. If that's what someone wants, I think they should start their own weblog and build their own readership versus using mine. If you'd rather not start a weblog, there are plenty of places on the Internet where you can exercise your freedom of speech. Discussion boards are excellent places; so are writer communities.
"Your comment will be visible after approval," is what just flashed on my screen. How silly.
It simply means your comment shows on the blog after I approve it -- and it's standard on all Google blogs with moderated comments.
And then at the top of your blog it says writing pro since 1998, that's a bit modest, don't you think?
I suppose I could say I've been writing novels since 1974, but I didn't accept my first contract offer until 1998. I like to be factual.I'm also glad you stopped by, Ashley, and you're welcome back anytime. If you'd like to leave more comments, please first read my comments policy in section E. on this page and follow it if you'd like them to be approved. Oh, and have a wonderful evening.
Lynn, As always, you are a professional and I admire how you handle criticism by people. Of course, as a writer, you deal with criticism every time you submit a manuscript. I envy how well you handled this situation. I can honestly say, I probably would not have published this person's remarks. But as you have so often demonstrated, you are a professional and I admire that about you. This is why I have followed your blog and purchase all of your books. I know I will get quality reading or some tidbit of knowledge from you. Thank you for all you do.TamiJacksonville
No worries, Tami. It's good to hear from everyone, whatever they have to say, and it reminds me how lucky we are to have the Internet and the chance to talk to each other through it. Criticism, ridicule, flaming, trolling or whatever form negative energy takes goes along with that freedom. During tough times people get stressed and sometimes forget their manners. I get just as angry and frustrated as anyone else, but I've learned to channel it in a positive direction. I write in my private journal and work it out on the page; I talk to my guy, or I do something else that makes me happy. Prayer and meditation also help a lot. Life is too short to waste it on anger.
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