Yesterday’s mail included a postcard that read “That thing you are writing is awesome!” The return address was SANTA, handwritten in block letters. For a second, I thought one of my writing friends had sent some much-needed encouragement. Then I realized the postcard was an advertisement from a tutoring service in Ann Arbor.
The experience made me realize two things.
- Everybody needs a boost. People (myself included) don’t acknowledge friends’ talents and accomplishments often enough.
- Faint praise and vague criticism are not helpful. People (myself included) should be as specific as possible in both praise and writing critiques.