-Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, writers and producers for MAD MEN, speaking about taking a “media pulse” of the show every now and again.
I make it a point not to read reviews of my work or read message board threads that discuss my work. I felt differently before but I learned that, regardless if a reader’s reaction to my work is positive or negative, it does me no good to see someone else process work that I have processed in such a different way. A conversation is a different thing, that is often a worthy endeavor (and responding to reviews is not a conversation and is often the WORST thing a writer can do).
Reading people’s discussions of my work sprang from a simple desire. Everyone wants to be appreciated. I was looking for a reward for what is often very lonely work. I’m not going to tell you my mind still doesn’t race when I see a review. I’m not going to tell you it’s not a battle to resist clicking on just one link where strangers are discussing you (and your work). But it’s futile, I know, and because of what the Jacquemetton’s wrote above. I write for myself, and I have had since the start. It’s the only outlook I can truly know and can be sure of pleasing. This is different than making sure my writing is clear so that all readers can follow it. This is also different than being a good collaborator that listens to and respects what everyone is accomplishing. No one sentiment repudiates the other. All three co-exist harmoniously, as is my personal aim on everyone project I work on.