Most writers seek out critiques, reviews, beta-readers, even their mum or dad, sibling or spouse to help them improve on their work. Some people can take even the harshest criticisms (note: a criticism isn’t, “Hey, your writing sucks!” That’s just hate and pretty dang nasty), and some can’t even take, “Well, your grammar needs work…” And so, here’s my step-by-step guide of how to take criticism well and learn from it. (Can you tell I’ve had a lot of criticism in my time?)
- Take a deep breath. Whatever you’re about to hearwillcriticise your writing, your work and what you’ve spent so much time on – and probably negatively at that. So make sure you’re calm before opening it. Even if much of it ispositive, take a deep breath anyway ’cause if you squeal in delighttoo quickly you’ll probably get hiccups.
- Read the criticism. Just the once. Work out…
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