Every art form has its critics. From ballet to food, any meaningful creative endeavor involves putting something precious out for all to see. You may offer your creation proudly, carefully, humbly, or carelessly. It may be technically perfect. It may have taken you decades to produce. And still, the critics will come.

Some will say that constructive criticism is important. It challenges the artist. Keeps his ego in check. Reminds him that he must work hard and put some sweat on his brow. For how dare he turn out his art without effort?

I disagree.

Criticism, “constructive” or otherwise, serves no purpose other than to stifle the artist or, at the very least, fill him with doubt about his own ability and what he is doing.

An artist is doing something highly unconventional. He is creating something that has never existed before, anywhere. He is performing an act of rebellion. Of course he will be criticized!

The critic works very hard to present himself as an expert, when really, the artist is the one who has put all the hard work into creating something for his audience to enjoy.

Perhaps a critic is just someone sitting on his own failures.

I have learned, over the years, to utterly ignore criticism. There will be those who despise your work. That’s fine! There will also be hordes whose lives will be changed because of it. Do your work for them.

Just write. Paint. Dance. Create. Those are the important things. The rest is meaningless.

-D.N. Moore