O is for Opinions
If you’re a writer/blogger chasing after publication, then unfortunately you’re in a business where opinions are paramount. Alpha readers, beta readers, critique partners, agents, publishers, editors, and ultimately…consumers…will all have an opinion about your writing. Some will be more impactful than others, but they all will help shape your work to some degree.
In general, I have a love/hate relationship with opinions. I love receiving them…when I ask for them. If I do ask for an opinion…about anything…it’s because I feel the person I’m asking has the requisite knowledge, skill, or experience with the subject I’m asking about. In other words, I trust their judgment. What I don’t care for is somebody who offers their opinion when I didn’t specifically ask for it. In fact, I find people ask for my opinion just so they can tell me their own.
The reason why I don’t pay very much attention to unsolicited opinions is really very simple…consider the source. There have been too many times I’ve run across individuals who don’t take the time to shape “informed” opinions. I overheard a woman just the other day waiting in line at the movies that was passing along her opinion of the Hunger Games to her companion…and she admitted to never reading the book, but her daughter had! Too many people today don’t read the source material, news articles, or fact presentations and instead rely entirely on hearsay. Opinions are being formed from opinions that are taken from other opinions.
Like they say…everyone has one…but how useful is it?
What about you…what’s yours? (Yes…that’s me asking!) :)