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Writing the Negatives

I read an article this morning about a UK writer who wrote a column about the trials of being too beautiful. Not surprisingly, there’s been a huge response with thousands of comments on the Daily Mail website (many with negatives about her beauty) and a twitter campaign trying to deflate her ego. Although I would love to see as many comments on this blog, I have a feeling the writer might be wishing she had worded her thoughts a little more tactfully. Then again, perhaps she has enough confidence not to worry about the daggers and is revelling in the any-publicity-is-good-publicity response.

I don’t think everything should be sugar-coated but most people tune out or avoid whiners and complainers and for writers that could mean losing your audience. I’m sure there is a down side to being beautiful but it is awfully hard to convince many of us mere mortals who shun mirrors and camera lenses. I think a little humour and tongue-in-cheek is probably one of the best ways to complain without sounding like you are whining but, of course, I’m not the one with mega-hits on my blog 😦

Have you got something you’d like to get off your chest? Try writing about it but with a twist; show, don’t tell! And please send them in – although the magazine is called Positive Words, it doesn’t mean everything has to have a positive slant to it. The positive refers to the act of doing something positive with your work, sending it out instead of hiding it in a drawer.

Comments on: "Writing the Negatives" (7)

  1. I agree, whiners can be a turn off. 🙂 That is why I try not to whine about negative experiences, but they (those negative experiences ) do make the poetry that people seem to like and move and it gives the bloggerpoet a lot of huggies 🙂 . lol I think I just whined here about taste? 🙂

    • I think there is a really fine line between whining and saying ‘hey, this is happening to me’. And, yes, negative experiences really do inspire some great poetry with the best painting a picture, while others seem to say ‘poor old me’.

  2. Sandra that’s interesting to know about Positive Words. I had thought maybe it was a kind of editorial policy to keep it positive, in terms of happy endings and so on. I know you aim to produce a family magazine, but how negative do you think we should get in our submissions to PW? E.g. I am writing a lot of stories about despicable characters at the moment, though I hope they are quite funny!

    Rejection slips will speak a thousand words but perhaps in a future post you could tell us broadly what kinds of things you do tend to accept into the magazine?

    Aislinn 🙂

    • Thanks for your thoughts, Aislinn. I’ll prepare a post with more details about the sort of things accepted in the near future.
      Quite funny, despicable characters sound good to me 🙂

  3. After reading this post, I feel I’m going to like coming here to read even more.

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