Fostering and Critiquing a Story


I admire those parents who bring children into their home who are in need of foster care. For the majority, the home atmosphere and gentle parenting is beneficial to the children and the act must give the parents involved a feeling of satisfaction in doing a good thing.

I consider the stories that I write to be in need of care too. When a reader picks up one of my stories, they are, in essence, adopting, or fostering, if you will, that story, for a short while.

Of course, a reader will either dislike or like what they read. The writer must take a chance, and offer their stories up, with that in mind.

Recently, on a review site, a critique of one of my stories referred me to a movie from 1972 and suggested that I had plagiarized the tale. Of all things! The person who wrote the critique even went so far as to give me a link on IMDB to the movie synopsis.

Of course, it turns out that I have never seen the movie, nor read anything by the author behind the production. I was angry, but succeeded in accepting the poorly written critique with, what I hope, was some grace.

Just because that one person appeared to dislike what I had written, and compared it to an existing theme, doesn’t mean that the next reader will dislike it too.

It has been said that there are no new stories, only new ways of telling them.

I believe this to be true. The basic outlines have been posted on the web in many places.

Wikipedia: The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations

I think that when we write, we need to find our voice and just tell the story, in our own individual way.

That critique was a reminder of that.