Is it my destiny to be completely slammed by people? I'm taking an online creative non-fiction class. I woke up this morning to check my email and received a message from a member of my new online small writing group. Her message said that her comments usually caused people to be discouraged with their writing, so if she was too harsh or critical that I should let her know. At this point, before reading any feedback, her comments are too harsh and critical. I mean, really. You would only say that if you were being too harsh and critical. I finally read her comments. She, of course, picked out some lower order concerns and gave me some very generic comments--specific details, narrow your focus, blah, blah, blah. I already knew that stuff. I really wanted a movie of her mind. I wanted someone to see what I was trying to say but not quite saying.
I'm in the writing project right now, and her comment really contradicts everything we are doing. To go back to what she said, "I'm one of those English teachers who makes people feel discouraged about their writing." If you are an English teacher and you are making people feel discouraged, shouldn't you re-think your tactics when discussing writing. Something is wrong.