Subjectivity is sometimes a hard notion to accept. Because we’re limited by ourown visions of the world, it isn’t automatic for us to realize that other visionsare not only out there but, in fact, they are
. It’s a natural humanreaction for us to suppose that our own reactions and beliefs should be sharedby everyone. As a result, it can sometimes be quite a shock to realize thateveryone isn’t going to view our writing the same way we do.Despite its universalism, this is a truth that few of us manage to grasp right off.However, it’s very important that we do grasp it. Until we do, we’ll never beable to take advantage of it.Once we embrace the subjectivity of art, we can:*
that the painful rejection of our work by some of ourreaders is inevitable and even warranted, given the wide range of personalities who will read it.*
that bad reviews aren’t necessarily reflective on thequality of our work. Everyone and his mother’s uncle is entitled tohis opinion. And no two people’s opinions are going to be exactlyalike. If one person adores your work, then you can expect thatsomeone else will hate it with equal fervency. Your work can’t speakto everyone. The sooner we accept this fact, the easier it will be tobrush away the sting of negativity.*
Open our eyes
to the fact that differing opinions give us theopportunity to widen our scope and deepen our work. Occasionally(and sometimes more than occasionally) your negative reviewersmay just have a point or two. If you can handle the negativity, youmay just gain more from reading your bad reviews than you dofrom your good reviews. The varying vantage points of other peoplecan help you see yourself, your writing, and your flaws more clearly.*
the wide variety of humanity. If everyone in the worldshared our opinions down to the last dot, it would be a ridiculouslydull place. Despite the drawbacks and occasional nicks of pride,subjectivity, at its very heart, is the only reason art is worthpursuing. It allows us all a broader canvas on which to paint,experiment, fail, and succeed.