Dealing with Dingbats and Dingleberries

Dingbats flutter around your head, shouting things that are not helpful.

Dingleberries hang onto you despite your attempts to get them to shake off.

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There are plenty of Dingbats and Dingleberries in the world. Some people call them trolls or negative critics. Unfortunately, if you are a person in the creative arts, they seem to always know better than you and like to tell you, sometimes rudely and loudly, how to do your job.

Imagine your work manager, hovering over you, giving you feedback on every letter than you write in every email that you write but also that manager follows you home and reminds you that you brake a little too hard at the stop signs and that you shouldn’t wear green anymore because it clashes with your skin tone. Now, imagine that you have a horde of those people yelling at you through the internet or in real life.

That’s what it is like to be an artist sometimes. Sometimes, feedback is constructive and leads to you being a better artist that produces better art. But, sometimes those dingbats and dingleberries yell a little too loudly and there’s nothing you can do about your voice or how the words are being read.

So, artists everywhere, I encourage you to find a way to silence the negative, nosy nobodies in your life and listen closely to those that truly invest the time in energy into improving you or your work. As humans, we need to remember that it is easy enough to be a dingbat or dingleberry, most of these people only need a satisfactory internet connection and a very basic understanding of a keyboard. It is much more difficult to be a good critic.

— Danielle Donaldson
You can find me on Twitter @WriterDonaldson or at my website, WriterDanielleDonaldson.com. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

One comment on “Dealing with Dingbats and Dingleberries

  1. I think lack of motivation and interest leads to boredom, which in turn will affect your concentration. Ignore all the irrelevant thoughts while you study or work. If you are obsessed by a certain idea, try to find a solution to your problem first. Stress makes it difficult to concentrate.

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