Saturday, September 3, 2011

Taking Criticism

Criticism (bad reviews) are a hard thing to take. You have that moment where your stomach lurches, no matter how critically acclaimed your book is. It feels really bad, you completed a process that took you so long, only for someone to sneer at your work. It is hard to take, but the best way to take bad reviews is to take them as if they were positive. Listen to what the complaints were, and try to improve on that area. Now there is always the person who just hates it, and has no reason. Ignore them! You like writing, don't let other people's opinions make you stop, no matter how bad the review.


  1. Great advice. The first person who reviewed my book was someone I had blogged with for several years. She emailed me and said she was ready, but afraid I would be upset. She said she had only been able to read the first 50 pages and had to quit. Her reason was she felt I was doing more telling than showing and she had a hard time reading books like that. I thanked her and looked back on my book and realized she was right. It is my first book and I know I have a long way to go. Very few writers get it right the very first time. I have taken all of the "negative" things and used them to try to improve my second book. I believe any author who refuses to learn has nothing for me to read.