I don’t generally complain on social media sites, but I feel like others will share my pain on this one and I could use some understanding here.
I’m getting to the end of the term and I’m understandably a little grumpier than usual (which I’m generally a bit of a grump).
My beau and I have been bickering lately - which is a thankful far cry from the “out for blood” fighting we were doing previously - and we’re trying really hard to not start a fight this weekend. You can feel the fight skirting around the edge of the conversation like an oncoming storm where the wind might just shift at the last minute.
So in an effort to keep some peace on my part, I send him a piece that I worked really hard on for my creative writing course. It received good marks in the class and the beau likes it when I share things I’ve written with him (there being a sort of understanding that I don’t share Jack with anyone because fuck it, this is my internal thought process mixed with fantasy and horror and you can’t just let those things into the hands of just anyone).
So I send it to him. He gets a sentence in and compliments me on one of the names of my characters - doing good so far.
Then he critiques something.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for helpful critiques! That’s why I’m in the class. We sit around and tell you how stupid or good your piece is.
But he poked at the fact that I didn’t describe what my characters looked like. Albeit, there are people who prefer stories where that happens and I full respect that. However, within my story and many others, character description isn’t necessary for the story. In fact, it can sometimes detract from the story.
I explained these things to him, and rather than his defense being that this was just his opinion he says (I fucking kid you now), “Well you’re weird and you hang out with weird people.”
Excuse me, my college level course never brought this problem up. There are hundreds, nay, THOUSANDS of stories where you don’t even get the names of the characters.
Not only was he rude about it, he didn’t bother to finish reading the piece.