How to Encourage a Friend Who's Doing Something You Don't Like

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My girlfriend aspires to be a jounalist or an author, but I really have no interest in these fields (or, mainly, in her style of writing) so it can be tough to offer her some support in what she wants to do; I usually end up trying to give "constructive criticism" which goes along the lines of, "You can get rid of that part, and this bit here, and the pen, give me the notebook, where's the recycling go again?"

Don't judge me.

January 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPK

Well, PK, at least you seem to understand what she does. My girlfriend is an English Major with a minor in Theater, and I am a Computer Science Major with a Minor in Math. Our interests tend to go along the same way, in that she has read books and poems I have never even heard of and she seems to think I should, while I actually know how to use Calculus (she hates math). Of course we are both geeks, and often get into large arguments about the merits of Captain America...So at least we have our love of geekiness in common!

July 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterN

I'd argue that poetry is actually the least challenging of all the useless arts.

July 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScience McGee

That depends on who you're writing poetry *for*.
If you're writing it for other poets, it's not very challenging at all as they have to assume that you were trying to be good and applaud your effort or risk having you call them out on their own crappiness.
If you genuinely aspire to be a great poet that the world will remember though....then clearly it is very challenging indeed.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMagraal

Well N, I suppose it wold depend on which Captain America you were each arguing about, but, yes, that does work. My girlfriend and I share a love of Star Trek (particularly Data), so I know where you're coming from.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSpider-Bat

Ooh, we're getting meta now.

June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJared

If you are doing free verse, poetry can seem quite simple but really you are often churning out crap. If you actually pay attention to rhyme and meter and structure it can be much harder and just as easy to churn out crap.

March 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRohvannyn

If you don't know what poetry's for,
And point out that the poet's a bore
(Or a boar or a boor),
Your behind will be sore
When you soar, by his boot, out the door.

August 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGalFisk

Galfisk. Did you write that? It is brilliant! Either poetry is actually easy, or you are a genius. Or perhaps you were stricken with a moment of poetic clarity.

April 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAtarii

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