Alright, I have reached the point to write the post that I swore to myself I would not write. Why? Because people do not seem to remember what facts are. Here are the two reasons why I loathed to pen this:
- It’s politics and people are so blind even though they claim to be open.
- Facts don’t matter to the modern American. Just what someone is saying.
So, why am I? Mostly to get it out of my system but also because it needs to be said, even though the majority is going to skim this.
The World As We know it
If anything, the President of the United States is the epitome of our present problem. A hyperbolic liar with no hesitation to bend or disregard facts that don’t suit him and his narrative. Everyone else has done it but not so obviously.
The United States has lost what the meaning of facts are and have confused the idea of fact with opinion.
From the beginning of the American election and just even today, it seems the majority of the populace prefer to believe what they are being told instead of looking at the facts. Why avoid the facts? Because they are pain incarnate. Our entire world view is built on this and a fact can destroy it irrevocably.
Do you believe vaccines cause autism? Well, there are actually hundreds of studies to prove that there is no evidence to support vaccines are linked to autism. If you just began to formulate a response to disprove it, you just disregarded a fact.
I’m not going to go into a debate about Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his fraud, follow the link. I just wanted to show you that people do it all the time and accepting that something you believe was actually incorrect is extremely difficult and painful. It’s a fact of life for being human.
Everybody now is a self-expressed expert in everything. Why listen to a doctor when Web MD told you the truth? Why listen to a pediatrician about your kids cause of people’s “experiences” on Tumblr or Pintrest? We have gone to the herd mentality of if everyone says the same thing, so it must be right.
Why Facts are important
Just look at our history. Everybody believed that sun went around the Earth hundreds of years ago. As we know now, it was not true. But everybody believed it so by that herd mentality, it was right.
The Dictionary describes a fact as a: “a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true”
Facts are what keep us grounded and able to function in the world. Facts are analyzed through logic and deduction. Not the unsubstantiated opinion of a person or organization. It’s pretty much, you ask yourself “Does A + B really equal C?”
Facts: Is Donald Trump Sexist?
Here’s an example of a common fact/opinion crap going around online.
Statement: Donald Trump is not sexist because he “respects women.”
Conclusion: The facts both past and present do not support Trump’s claim that he is not sexist. Conclusion is that Trump is sexist.
Will he like to know that? Of course not! People who support him will like that? Of course not!
So instead of looking at these facts, they do everything in their power to obfuscate or deflect the facts by lying (also called alternative facts by the way) and trying to place blame on others. Just like a three-year old covered in chocolate saying that his younger brother ate the candy. The fact is the candy is right there on the face. We are just turning a blind eye.
What does that Mean for Us?
Actually, I really don’t care what you think of this or the arguments you are formulating right now. What it means is that we are in a lot shittier place when we accept facts.
The United States is being run by people who are lying, stealing, cheats who use patriotic words and expert deflection to keep the fact that they don’t care about us but only themselves.
The midterm elections are coming and I really wish I could tell you that you can make a difference, the problem is that anybody running for those seats are equally, if not worse than who is sitting there now.
Your only option is to approach the polls with the idea of “I know these are the problems but can this person help in the end? Does the evidence support it?”
If not, this stupid cycle will keep going on and on.
I think one area of the writing world that gets a lot of flak is the fan fiction world. If you were like me (before my scolded me), I felt that Fan fiction was the dregs of the writing world. I not only found out that was unfair but rather cruel to the hard-working writers who live and thrive in that world. I’ll admit, I was one of those “writing snobs” until my beautiful wife put me in my place.
Fan Fiction is Real Writing
Writing is writing. I never thought fan fiction was more than self-gratification until my wife began to tell me some of the stories that she had read. I could not believe how much detail and dedication that fan fiction writers have put in to their works. There was even a story that was over a million words! I’ve never broken fifty thousand, let alone a million.
There is a lot of dedication to the fan fiction world, more than maybe some of freelance writers have ever put in to our own work. Even though it’s not an original world, many of the stories bear the blood, sweat, and tears of a dedicated writer.
It’s No Different than a Professional or Aspiring Author
When in terms of dedication and being a writer, fan fiction writers are exactly the same as a professional or aspiring author. Many writers, including myself, got started in other people’s worlds and pour the same amount of dedication and heart in to their works. Many times they do not have the ability to get an editor or professionally proof read their works.
Independent publishing can suffer the same amount of editorial error and proof reading mistakes since a lot of us are in the same boat as a fan fiction writer. Unless we’re established with a decent fan base, many of us cannot afford hiring an editor.
They have feelings too
Fan fiction writers are people just like you and me and the horrible amount of critique I have seen from other authors is saddening. There are people behind the story no matter how bad or good it is. To attack a writer’s work is never acceptable. That is why critique is important and should be taken seriously. They deserve the same amount of feedback as we do.
Fan Fiction Writers are a strong knit community
And I am glad of that. My wife has given me a tour of the fan fiction world and they care for each other a lot. They have the advantage of not only having the bonds of being a creator of fan fiction, they also have the love for the world they are writing in.
So the next time you see a fan fiction story, why not give it a shot and if you find issues, give feedback like you would any writer of any story.
I think one of the things that scares writers the most is criticism. I am not just referring to the constructive criticism we like to get but also that comment or complaint haunting our book’s page.
Criticism can be both a blessing and a curse as it exposes your work from the vacuum of your own mind to the thoughts and ideas of the rest of the world.
The biggest reason that authors struggle with criticism is that our writing is an extension of ourselves and we have a tendency to take any positive or negative comment and apply it to ourselves.
Here are a few tips that could help you cope with feedback.
1) Though important, take feedback with a grain of salt. Everyone has their own opinion of writing just like art. If you feel the feedback is just taste, then you can safely move on.
2) If the feedback has points, consider them. Our profession is unending and we are always learning. Your commenter may have some valuable insight that you would have never considered.
3) Ignore the trolls. This is, after all, the internet. There are people who take great pleasure in attacking people for the sake of attacking. If their review is unfair and you can respond, do so in a calm manner. The response is not for the troll but for the future readers that might stumble on your work.
Above all, remember, if you like your work, that is the most important part. It is good to take your reader’s thoughts in mind as they are paying customers in the indie world but the integrity of the work is yours.
Have any thoughts, comments or stories when it comes to feedback? Let me know if the comments below!
As a parent, one of the hardest decisions that I have had to make was if I was going to get my children vaccines. It is not what you think, I’m not a member of the anti-vaccine movement, but I was not immunized as a child by my parent’s persona choice. The biggest reason that this was a hard decision for me, was all the superficial and in some cases, inconclusive information. After a lot of reading and research, I made a decision and I wanted to provide the information to you all.
- The use of Thermisol which can cause Autism.
- Vaccinations are only temporary immunity while surviving the disease is a permanent vaccination.
- To many vaccinations overload a child’s immune system.