If you don’t like it, then stop reading my articles!!!
Wait, what the hell was I saying?
Looking back at the way I took criticism early in my writing days, it's the complete opposite of what I should’ve have been doing. Criticism is the validation of making an impact on the reader. No, you may not have had a desired effect, but you did have an effect – something that millions of other writers fail to do on a regular basis.
Engaging the reader is a lost art and much more difficult than it gets credit for. If you are getting regularly criticized, you’re doing something write (see what I did there?).
I recently decided to embrace criticism and work to elicit reactions from viewers. While I won’t troll grammar police by leaving poorly structured sentences or misspelled words for readers to call me out on, I now actively seek to engage my audience, even if some don't care for my work.
In order to do this and keep my mood positive on a regular basis, I needed to embrace criticism instead of letting it get me down and stall my writing momentum. Here are five ways to embrace criticism as a writer.
How to Embrace Criticism
- Thank Your Readers
- Use as Topic Ideas
- Correct Mistakes
- Track Feedback
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Michael Luchies is the Founder of TrepRep, Director of Content Programming for Pursuit, Interview Editor for Under30CEO, Entrepreneurship Lecturer at Illinois State University, TEW 2 contributor, and writer of all things entrepreneurship. Connect with Michael on Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter.