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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Effect of Literary Criticism on Writers

I hate orthodox literary criticism, the usual small niggling, fussy-mussy criticism, which thinks it can improve people by telling them where they are wrong, and results only in putting them in straitjackets of hesitancy and self-conscouness, and sapping all vision and bravery.

Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write, 1997 


  1. Did you intentionally use "Affect" instead of the correct "Effect" to see if we would jump in with "orthodox literary criticism"?

  2. You're right, it should be "effect."