How to receive feedback
Read our advice for getting the most out of your feedback
We all feel some joy at seeing someone has commented on our stories. We realize our story has been seen and our writing is not confined to our dusty desk drawers. There are also those feelings of fear. What if they hated the story? Dare I read the comment?
Dare and read away!
We'll give you some good advice for taking feedback, for it is an indispensable part of being a writer.
Criticism of your story
... And not your own. When someone puts their heart and soul into their writing, their stories become akin to children. That's why it hurts so bad when someone criticizes your writing. But it's just as important to remember that it should not be taken personally. So take a deep breath and put the text aside for a few days. Once you return, it will be easier to separate it from your feelings and do something productive with it.
Let your story grow a little
... And take the feedback to heart. It is the only way to get better. Do not start a discussion with the reader just because you disagree with them. Give thanks that they would spend time to look at your story. Ask if there is anything you could have done to improve the writing. And do yourself a favor, never edit right after you have received feedback. Give it time to sink in and let new ideas be born.
In the beginning it will be hard, almost torture, to see all the red marks. It helps to sleep on it. Don't worry too much about the edits themselves - the brain works on the subconscious. And when you once again find yourself at the keys, you may notice that there is something to the feedback you've received. Believe us, there will be quality points in the slew of input on your writing and it all deserves your attention.
The reader is not always right
... And that's okay. Again, remember to be grateful that someone will spend time reading and providing feedback on your writing. Perhaps the reader is missing something, or they are just not a huge fan of fantasy or vampire sex, but they are allowed to have their own opinion. We all have an independent position and different experiences that we bring to the table, these are the tools we use when something needs to be assessed. It is therefore extremely important to read several different pieces of feedback, and not just a couple.
This kind of feedback will help your writing in the long term
No matter what your story is about and what words you used to express it, the only common thing is that YOU have written them. The feedback you will get along the way will repeat the things you need to work on in your writing and should be used to your advantage as you develop and grow as a writer. The work you do in reading feedback and editing your writing will pay off in your future stories as well! Now all you have to do is pay attention to the constructive criticism and know what you have to work with.
Look for inspiration where and how you can, and above all - read, read, read! It's our best advice.
We hope you can use some of these pointers, and if you have some of your own, write it in the comments! We love to learn new things here on Movellas :)
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