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The Crystal Clear Blogosphere August 6, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Writing & Writers.
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Much of what we post in the blogosphere is available for  readers, writers, editors, and publishers to review ~ our posts, our comments, feedback we receive, and our response to feedback we solicit. 

As writers, if someone suggests we revise our work, we are the only one who can decide whether or not to make the suggested revisions. 

Writers should NOT make revisions that they aren’t comfortable making. 

That said, when someone takes time to review our work, especially at our request, it is not in our best interest as writers to attack them (for example, by calling them names), no matter how much we disagree with the feedback received.

If we don’t agree with someone else’s opinion, we should let it go:  Quick Quiz

Why?  Because the Blogosphere is Crystal Clear.

If we don’t keep our guns holstered, fellow readers and writers are apt to  notice our aggressiveness, causing them to shy away from commenting on our work in the future. 

Even those brave enough to comment may be unwilling to provide us with honest feedback, for fear that we will turn our guns on them next. 

In short, rather than receiving an accurate reflection of how our work is viewed by others, our perspective will become increasingly skewed. 

Moreover, if we submit work for publication,  prospective agents, publishers, and editors may snoop around cyberspace to see what we might be like to work with as a client.

If they come across a talented, but easily offended writer, they will probably keep moving. 

On the other hand, if they come across a talented writer who is open to feedback, even if that feedback is not incorporated, they should be more inclined to keep that writer in consideration for representation. 

Constructive criticism is invaluable as long as we don’t allow our glorious and fragile egos to get in the way.

Moral:  People who write in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

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1. Agatha82 - August 6, 2010

I agree constructive criticism is a good thing. I’ve been told we need to have thick skin to handle rejections. Not sure how I’ll cope when it happens since I haven’t started yet…

nrhatch - August 6, 2010

Just remember that JK Rowling received a PILE of rejections before Harry Potter found a publisher.

And she is not alone.

2. mizzezmellymel - August 6, 2010

Good advice. It is hard to accept criticism, but I think all writers need it. If not, how will you know how to grow and flourish?

nrhatch - August 7, 2010

Exactly. Instead of growing and flourishing, we start to stagnate because we’re stuck in a rut ~ and everything we write starts to sound the same.

The trick is to pick the tips and comments that resonate, and let the remainder drift away. If we try and please everyone . . . EPIC fail.

Thanks!

3. cindy - August 7, 2010

Good post.
If you can’t take the heat, get away from the screen.

nrhatch - August 7, 2010

Yes! Or the gamma blasts whill blow your mind leaving you with naught. ; )

4. Naomi - August 10, 2010

Oh, the challenges of the writing life! Nothing like an animal to kiss it all better…love your pic of the kitty at the keyboard 🙂

nrhatch - August 10, 2010

I adopted the kitty from avatarist.com. He’s my favorite writing avatar. : )

Thanks for stopping by this morning!

5. clarbojahn - June 25, 2011

Jodi Cole, author of “Toxic Feedback” talks about the hypersensitive writer who sees all feedback no matter how gently said, as criticism in the negative. There is a whole section on how to give feedback and another on how to receive it. It is a must read for all writers.

nrhatch - June 25, 2011

I’m sure that many writers would benefit from reading her book and your review:

http://clarbojahn.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/attention-writers-%e2%80%93-book-review-on-%e2%80%9ctoxic-feedback%e2%80%9d/


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