In the mind of a Writer

There are many writers who have it good and yet don’t know it. I would never say any feedback is hateful or negative . . . it’s just an opinion. (Unless someone threaten you or said they hated it, but that is not what I meant.) Most readers read a story and then go to the next story. Only a percentage of them actually give feedback, especially on a blog or online site.  So if 15 people gave some kind of comment or feedback, then think of how many other simply read the story and moved on.

I gave my fellow some advice that I even follow. . .

  1. Just think about it:  to get that much feedback means that many people read or at least started to read your material. At least you have some readers noticed that you are a writer.
  2. It really looks like you have the wrong fan-base.  I also heard that certain writer’s websites will tear apart one’s work, but they are trying to make it better. You can read their comments, but it is up to you as the writer to make a decision to use their input.
  3. Never take what one person says at world value. I have learned that I may be unique, but there are at least a few people out there like me. Everyone has their opinion and most people always have something to say about art and writing is just written art.
  4. Cherish positive comment and keep negative comments at arm’s length.
  5. Try to find a positive spin to all comments or you’ll just feel down. Question the commenter’s ideas . . . never be afraid to ask why they have their opinion or how they offered their opinion. If they said something vague like because it is what I think, don’t take the feedback at much value. However if they tell you a real reason with an example of why/how they got to their opinion, then work with it.
  6. The thing that I have learned is most people who want feedback, want to improve their writing. If you are simply writing for yourself and like your work, then just don’t ask for feedback.
  7. I personally have nothing against fanfiction. I use it as practice myself. However I can see the negative look on it out there, because there are writer’s struggling to create their own world, conflict, and characters. However I think if a celebrity or previously created character gives you inspiration then right about it. (Just please let people know that it is fiction and is no way connected to the original person/character.)

Okay that is my two cents for now. . . I have a few pieces to rewrite, a few pieces to read and review, and many chapters to edit.

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Comments on: "Advice for recieving Feedback" (1)

  1. I particularly agree with No. 6, particularly having come across writers who claim to just write “for themselves”,yet are constantly seeking ‘approval’ for their work…

    For me the thing to remember is: the moment you ask someone for feedback, you have to be ready for anything. Feedback is exactly that: it’s another person’s opinion of whatever it is you’ve presented them with. It may be good. It may be bad. It may be totally unexpected. But that’s what feedback is. So my little piece of advice is, before you seek someone’s feedback, ask yourself: is it really feedback you’re looking for? Or validation?

    The other thing I’d suggest (in line with No. 5) is that good feedback, whether positive or negative, is constructive. Simply saying, “This is great!” or “This sucks!” does not help in any way. If you’re serious about getting feedback on your writing you need to filter this kind of feedback out.

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