If you have ever had to question your ability as a writer then you probably have been through one form of criticism or the other. It almost feels like your heart has been ripped out and your prized possession rubbished. Having your work criticized can be a hard pill to swallow especially when it is not ‘constructive.’
However if any writer wants his work to thrive he must be ready to receive all kinds of feedback. But what do you do or how should you respond when your work is criticized? We would be discussing this today.
These tips will help you handle criticism like a boss.
Check the source. Don’t take writing advice from someone who has not written anything. Some people just love to talk and most of what they say may be irrelevant. Who is this criticism coming; from an industry expert, a seasoned writer or just some random person who probably is not your target reader? A seasoned writer should have something more insightful to say. However there are a few exceptions so handle all criticism with wisdom.
Look for the message. After you may have felt hurt try and find out if there is anything you can learn from what was said. Is there something you didn’t do right? This would help to ensure that such doesn’t happen again. Not every criticism is bad but not all are useful either.
Let go. This is easier said than done. Especially when you feel truly hurt but it is one of the best things you can do. Let go of any hurt and keep writing. If you allow what was said to get to you and you decide to sulk for days, you won’t be a better writer and the criticism won’t go away.
Ask questions. Do you find this weird? When you ask questions you can understand what exactly the person means, it may be just a section of the work that made him say all those horrible things. Asking questions may make you feel better and you also make the critic feel appreciated and listened to. This tip works like magic with bosses and clients too.