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Eye of the Beholder

You never know how something is going to be received. This is a dilemma every artist has to grapple with at some point. You make something that works for you, but that doesn’t mean its going to work for others.

One of the pitfalls of realizing this is that it can make you think about changing your art to fit what you hope might be more acceptable. This isn’t always bad, but it bears some serious thought.

Do the changes make the piece better or do they dilute it? Maybe what’s objectionable is part of your voice – and your voice is all you’ve got. It’s what separates you from everyone else.

This is one of the tricky things about writing. At least in the beginning, it seems like until a piece is published, editing is never done. Changing content is absolutely part of editing, so why not change it to be easier to take.

Tread carefully.