Hogs, Mathematics, and Critics


One of the hardest things for a writer is to keep going.

There are time pressures.

Skill deficits.

Frustrations in the writing process itself.

No wonder that most aspiring writers struggle with one huge hurdle: finishing.

Worst of all is that nagging inner critic, that inside-your-head voice that says this isn’t any good.

As a corrective, try to remember that even the very best writers have been creamed by the critics.

Here’s one of my favorites: The 1855 critic of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass said that Whitman was “as unacquainted with art as a hog with mathematics.”

We all know what we think of that, don’t we? Hogwash!

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