Demons: A miserable human being that enjoys attempting to shame others in order to feel good about their own forsaken existence.
Review: A word to hide behind for humans to exploit their own inner demons and form words that only judge the other without having any reason to do so other than the enjoyment of releasing their evil out on paper and knowing that once the artist reads it, they’ll either validate the reviewer as ‘matters’ or ‘doesn’t matter’. This give them a false validation.
To Review is to judge, and to judge is to play the role of God. Just keep it to yourself!
What can Ed Sheeran’s latest quitting of Twitter teach any of us? That it was smart. People, ones with demons in them in the deepest part of their black souls, think that by lying or even saying negative comments about someone’s talent, writing, singing, will somehow give them validation in this world. When it does the opposite. Someone may not like your genre of writing, music, listen to it and then magnify their dislike in the genre tenfold by pinpointing that it has to be you as the writer when all along it was their taste in music. Nothing good can ever come from negative advice, comments or words in general. But these morons will never learn, or go away. They’re like roaches will no meaning in this life. They’ll get meaning once they drop their sick fetish of writing rude words to an individual and hiding behind the word “Review”. Is it a review? Really?
Even on twitter. Is telling someone, that you don’t know, they suck really necessary to share because their demons told them to say it? Refer to definitions above.
I remember when my first book was published a long time ago before Amazon opened its doors to unpublished writers. It was a moment of enjoyment. I was happy. Years past by and the Amazon gates opened to the unpublished, and I decided to leave my publisher and advertise my book for free. It became the number 2 bestseller. I still remember going to work in the dead of morning and opening up my book’s amazon page and seeing my first review from the free book campaign. It was…horrible!!!!!!!
My soul dropped. The demon gave me a one star, but the words she used in her ‘review’ were beyond any cruel thing a person could say. My happiness shattered. I went to her review page just to see if she gave other books a positive ‘review’ and guess what I found? Go on, guess? I’ll wait…
…. It turned out that she only reviewed three other books, all five stars, and those books were ‘erotica’ books! Are you kidding me! My book, coming of age and thriller versus ‘erotica? Huh? Oh, and it didn’t stop there. Other demons wrote in her review on the comment section and were actually making fun of me. It’s still there.
Why? I say this to you and Ed Sheeran; because they’re demons, the definition that this article began with. I was writing book after book for me, no one else, but for me and a good-loving loved one told me that I should share my talent with others because it’s only a gift when you share it. So I did that. And the demons came out.
Don’t read negative reviews. I don’t care how many sites you went to that said “Oh, but you should read negative reviews and consider them positive criticism that helps your writing get better. They’re full of it. Don’t do it. Even positive ones. Just keep on doing your thing and only let God be the judge of you, no one else.
That evil person caused me so much grief that my writing slowed down and for what? Because of that? That creature/coward that hides behind a computer screen thinking that her words actually validate her existence into something that matters? Matters? By hurting someone else? If you want to know how you’re writing is doing, dang-it pay for a well-known reviewer to read and review your work. Not a Top Reviewer on Amazon either, but a REAL BOOK REVIEWER.
And with twitter and Facebook, avoid reading the trolls. It’s easy to do, just don’t read them.
Socrates The Great Philosopher
One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about your friend?”
“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test”. “Triple filter?” “That’s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say.
The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?” “No,” the man said, “actually I just heard about it and …” “All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not.
Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?” “No, on the contrary …”
“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left: the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?” “No, not really.”
“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”