Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Quick Tip about Handling Writing Critiques and Reviews

This Quick Tip: Do not allow comments about your writing automatically discourage you or knock you down. Here's why: not every writer's style is every reader's favorite, and not all who critique know their stuff.

Therefore, the first thing to do is to evaluate, yes, even critique, offending comments according to their helpfulness...or not. This is the "don't throw the baby out with the bath water" phase, starting with "Is there even any baby, i.e., goodness, in the comment?"

Next, if there is some goodness, by which I mean constructive advice, put it to work to help hone your skills. If there is no goodness there, move on and keep to you style and muse.

For practical application of my Quick Tip on this topic, I recommend you visit amazon.com/books, find a 2013 book titled Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda, and scroll down to Reviews.  There are numerous reviewer ratings from one to five stars, which is an unusual range. Pochoda is praised by successful authors of her genre, urban mystery, while some readers hammer her skills almost brutally.

Let me know how goes your dealing with criticism, at JeanPurcell@verizon.net .