How should you take criticism as a writer?

Gone are the days when a bad remark about your book disheveled your book-sales and shattered your confidence. Criticisms have become like the need of the hour, almost. With the influx of information, thanks to social media and globalization, into our homes, it’s really a hit-or-miss situation wrt your opinions having any credibility.  Why would someone believe your stories or narratives that is semi-opinions and semi-research based when they can tune into an expert and get that same information from a you-tube or a television channel?  Thus, to the writers, these critics become the middle-men that can strengthen your arguments and validate your credibility, also.

Thus, here are two tips to take criticisms in a constructive way:

  • Hear it out with an open mind: We are all constantly learning, and writers feed-off of their research and readings. Critics often come after you’ve produced your work where as research and readings are done before you create your arguments. If you want longevity and a good portion of the market-share, then it’s for your benefit that you listen to them because they have beaten you in the game of being reliable, credible, understandable and approachable. Lastly, appreciate the fact that someone very important has invested time and energy in helping you become better at what you consider your passion.
  • Sieve out what is relevant and what isn’t: There is a big difference between someone criticizing you and someone criticizing your work. Don’t take it personally. Although your work is a direct co-relation between your thoughts and skills as a writer, you need to understand that you have objectified only your views. You can’t objectify the functioning of your body or mechanisms because you are unique in the way you function or work. No two people are similar, so you can only change the way your work, the end product, is perceived. At the same time, you can appreciate the range of opinions and the range of ways your work can be presented and changed for the better. Thus what becomes relevant is criticism that can lead to widely-accepted view through clear, logical and concise narratives.

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