Remember, [the critic] is paid is keep abreast of your work; you are not paid to keep abreast of his. The playwright who turns to the critic for affirmation is trapped in a deeply dysfunctional relationship, like the tortured lover who demands affection from a sociopath.
May 12, 2010
Just stumbled upon this excellent speech from a few years back. It's Doug Wright at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and he has some great, pithy advice for his fellow playwrights (don't write what you know, for instance). I especially like the way he supports the common and hard-to-follow advice to not read criticism (it's about halfway through the un-embeddable video):
Posted by Rob Weinert-Kendt at 1:46 PM