I often say that my favorite thing about my writing journey is how helpful everyone’s been. I’ve met some wonderful people, eager to support and encourage others.
That’s not always been the case, though. Indeed, when authors get mean, the results can be spectacular, as the infographic below by Amy Cowen, found at her AussieWriter blog, shows:
Wow, this was entertaining! I hope the rivalry that seemed to go on between writers long ago has mellowed a bit by now. 🙂
Lol – sure, let’s go with that! I’ve been really lucky in that respect, but I’ve heard some horror stories 🙂
We strive to be recognized, yet we’re dodging bullets. 🙂 Happy Easter 🙂
You too! 🙂
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Wonderful picture post on quarrels of the greatest minds in literature. Check this out:
Really great…post. Even the great minds stoop low..and indulge in bickering.
So glad you enjoyed the post – and welcome 🙂
Another good one! 🙂
Lol – thanks! 🙂
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Highly entertaining piece.
A highly amusing and enlightening piece, Nicholas. I’m reblogging this on Musing On Life & Experience. 🙂 — Suzanne
Many thanks! 🙂
They are ruthless! Hopefully the advent of indie publishing has put an end to the cat fights. We all need (and respect) each other these days.
I consider myself very lucky in that respect. Everyone I’ve met so far has been wonderfully kind and supportive 🙂
Same here. What a great community of writers.
These are funny. I wonder what they would say today with all the instant access to their remarks.
I don’t even want to think of all the catfights that would ensue 😀
Wow … this really puts into perspective the criticism we receive on our own work. Writing is such a subjective world, even among the greats … and different styles truly speak to different people.
Lol – it sure does put our reviews into perspective 😀
I agree completely. I’ve cringed at some award-winning works, while devouring others that were less critically acclaimed.
D. H. Lawrence’s “Studies in Classic American Literature,” not mentioned here, contains some zingers.
R. L. Stevenson on Walt Whitman is beautiful… and, if you think about it, not really an insult, is it?
The Whitman one was really popular, yes 🙂
OMG, that was good!!!
Lol – thanks! 🙂
Haha, thanks for sharing that, it’s priceless. The quote about Whitman was my favorite, it made me howl 🙂
Lol – thanks! 🙂
Ouch. They’re vicious.
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Even the classics had harsh critics… LOL
Also proof that even the greats wrote books that didn’t appeal to everyone. LOL
Now, that’s a consolation! 😀
The two-way Hemingway & Faulkner, my favorite. Very clever! A chuckle…great start for the day! Christine
Thanks, Christine! Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂
Hey, Nicholas, just to let you know I created a Before Sundown Awards Page and mentioned you and Chris Graham as my inspiration!!! Phew! Happy it’s done and I could promote a ton of friendly bloggers in Blogosphere. Also bought the Nonlocal Science Fiction first issue mag. Your story “Shoot the Devil” is quite the Sic-Fi thriller. A great twist in the end. I liked it! Happy Spring! Christine
Woo hoo – thank you so much for everything! I’m so glad you enjoyed my story – and a happy Spring to you, too 🙂
Ha! Those are really funny. Alas, you cannot open your mouth without acquiring a few critics.
Indeed, the safest thing to do is do nothing. 🙂
These make me laugh. Writers held in such high regard. Ouch. 😀
A nice reminder they’re all human like you and me after all 🙂
Maybe I’m too polite. I’m Canadian after all.
😀 😀 😀
Excellent!!!! I KNEW Truman Capote would be in this list!! Made me laugh seeing him pop up first 🙂
Lol – good guess, then 😀
He was such a bitch though haha. Mind you what Gore Vidal said was pretty funny!
It was a great post 🙂
Hahaha, these are great. Some of Poe’s complaints of other writers were quite harsh as well.
(I will get you that post soon, promise…. been very busy this week!)
No worries, buddy 🙂
I wonder how the internet would have played to the slings and arrows of these enlightened artists.
Lol – I don’t even want to think about it 😀
Faulkner and Hemingway always seem to come up. I remember reading a few years ago that they had an actual feud. Though the best ‘insulting author’ to me tends to be Mark Twain. 🙂
Lol – Ol’ Twain sure did have a way with words, didn’t he?
Even with his books. 🙂
Thick skin is the order of the day for writers. Otherwise, we’d gladly crawl into the soil and cuddle up with termites for comfort. 🙂
Lol – absolutely. Well, except for the termite part. I think they bite.
Being a writer is such a contradiction, in terms of the necessary skill set. You need to be sensitive and empathic, while sporting a thick skin. Not for the faint of heart, for sure!
They definitely do bite, but it would seem to be the lesser of two evils. 😉
Lol – fair enough! 😀
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Can’t we all just get along?