Take advice not criticism: the difference? Advice is given out of a desire to help, criticism is to tear down. Crave advice, ignore the other… life is too short and it suffocates your inner writer.
Always seek advice or direction from your superiors… in other words, ask advice from writers who are above your skill level. That way you’ll progress and see value in what you do. You wouldn’t ask directions from a lost person, would you?
Finish your first draft before tearing down your own work, and then seek outside advice. If possible do two drafts before receiving advice from other readers!
Nothing you write seems good enough, but you must learn when to move on!! This one is huge and is different for every writer. But there comes a time when you stifle your growth as a writer by staying with a story too long. If it works after 10 revisions… great, if not, it might be time to move on.
The biggest lesson for me was: just because I received a bad critic from a solid writer, doesn’t mean I have to start from scratch. It just means I need to focus on my deficiencies and build on what I do well as a writer.
It might take 7 to 10 focused rewrites to make a solid piece of work. I should be thankful I see growth after each one… if I don’t, it might be time to move on where the motivation is stronger with a fresh story.
Each time we revise, we cut out weak points in our work. I now see this as a success: rather than a failure like I had before.
If you take two things from this rant they should be: there is always something to learn and we as writers should see the positives in what we do!!!
Keep writing and keep believing!!!
What advice would you give?
Thx for any comment you might leave.