Thursday, September 3, 2009

Cast away the bitter, keep the sweet.

It is always sort of a strange moment when something you've written is received negatively. I go with the flow when it's for a client because, in family parlance, them's the brakes. I stay neutral and consider the feedback later when it's something I've written just for me.

But it is too, too sweet to have a phrase within a client piece that I just wrote be called "trite" by said client... except that it was called "contrite"!

You - rather, I - must laugh at it. Indeed, I had much remorse when writing such an ill-turned phrase.

3 comments:

  1. Before one can interpret the spirit of what was meant by the text, one must consider the formal text and the meaning of that text. One must be as generous as possible to the writers of that text assuming that what was written was what was meant. If they wrote contrite for now we must assume they meant it. They felt your writing expressed remorse and or penitence thus putting it in the genre with works such as King Lear or The Tempest. Until you know differently, you must believe that's what they meant...they meant your writing was in league with the best works of Shakespeare.

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  2. Well, I hope you made your apology... what's the word? It's on the tip of my tongue...

    Insincere. That's it. Insincere

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  3. Hahahaha!

    I thought I had more but no, just laughter.

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