Handling Critics

6b6dc8e44d06d53453b3bfd75deefc4d**Before I start, I wanna share Mark Baron’s post about critiques here and here. Seriously, check it out; the lists are great.**

Now, I don’t have much experience with public critics such as websites and blogs, yet. However, I do have experience with more personal critics, words from people you know. They may be people from a class you’re taking, or a group you’ve joined, even a friend or colleague.

But when you ask someone to read something you’ve written, it places you in an extremely vulnerable place. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t share your work, or that you should hoard it away and hide it from the world. Not at all. Part of being a writer is sharing your work , wanting or even needing to share it. So, being vulnerable isn’t a bad thing. Actually, it’s the best thing for us to be as we write, in my opinion. It makes our stories authentic, the worlds’ that much more interesting and engaging, and the characters relatable, or at least understandable in their actions. And this is even without putting truthful, based-on-your-life facts in them.

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Remember: Try to see the bright side

Let's help each other climb the rest of the way up.

Do you ever feel like you’re hanging from a cliff as you write?

I know I’m not the only writer who goes through an emotional rollercoaster while writing. When you start your story (whether it’s a short story or novel), you may have issues getting the beginning just to where you want it to be.

Sometimes, I dwell in this stage a lot longer than I want to. But most times, as long as I’ve set up the scene well enough, I’m okay. Continue reading