Do not do so as an academic critic, nor as a person drunk on art, nor as a barbarian in the literary market place. Do so as a sensitive person who has a few practical hunches about how stories can succeed or fail.
- Kurt Vonnegut
My take: Don’t do things in a cerebral vacuum; don’t assign arbitrary meaning, presuming the artist has (or doesn’t have) a license to kill; and don’t walk into the fight blind, lacking any experience, expecting to win.
Instead, be humble and sensible about what’s effective.