There are a few things about writing that they don’t teach you. A writer can attend all of the best schools and greatest conferences and meet the best of the best authors, but they don’t teach you how to be comfortable bearing your soul naked to the world.
As a writer, one must take a piece of their inner most parts, expose it, and put it on display for all the world to see and purchase. That process gets easier over time, but it never goes away. Even the most successful author still wonders how the work will be received by the public. While the masses see a cool, confident, and collected person. They don’t see the behind the scenes parts of the author’s mind. They don’t see the worry, suspense, and anxiety that exits with putting art on display. A writer is a literary artist painting a portrait in the mind with the words of their pen. Or nowadays the keyboard.
I write this both as an author and as a reviewer. I understand the amount of time, effort, and confidence it takes to bear your soul. I salute all who do. Reviewing and being reviewed, is never easy. It takes a great deal of time and patience to both see and be seen. Neither do either for the other. The writer does not write for the reviews nor does the reviewer review for the writer. Both takes the time to perfect their craft for the love of the art of writing.
As an author, it takes a lot to review another other. One must put aside selfish ambitions and thinking only about the work at hand. It takes a bit of time to learn to not read a book as you would want it to be written but to read the book as it should be written. Sometimes that is how neither the author nor you have would write it. It takes time to understand the language and passion that comes with bearing one’s soul in such a naked fashion for all to see. The book is an extension of the author’s mind their very essence. To understand the author is to understand his or her work. Overall, reviewing a writer is not something that I do lightly, and I hope it is not something that others carelessly do either.