How to Take Criticism as an Author

It’s never easy to hear people criticizing your work. There’s an innate part in all of us that strives to hear positive remarks when we’re involved. Thus, to receive criticism regarding something that you’ve spilled your heart and soul on, and most probably sleepless nights over, is a tough pill to swallow. You might not like people criticizing your plot, characters and overall writing. However, it’s very important for you to learn how to take and accept criticism, because they should be what make you strive to become better.

Let me try to change your perception of criticism. When the word ‘criticism’ comes to mind, people tend to see it as a negative wave. However, I encourage you to see criticism as constructive. Constructive criticism allows you to reevaluate yourself and your writing. Just focus on how best you could refine your writing. You don’t have to act on specific comments if you’re not convinced. Don’t let criticism strip you of your identity as author, but also learn to take the honest ones to heart.

The more eyes you have on your piece of writing, then the better it is for you in order to go through a smooth publication process. Granted, they should be the right eyes, which is where a professional editor and proofreader comes in. Regardless of how you feel about your writing, it probably has areas of improvement that only a skilled eye can detect, such as grammatical issues and plot holes.

I am going to go ahead and use a portion of a favorite quote of mine (Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice), to say the following: “It is a truth universally acknowledged..." that an author will receive criticism. If you ask why, then you only have to note the next fact: You cannot please everyone.

As an author, you must try to develop a thick skin in the face of criticism. If your dream is to get your book out there to the masses, into the hands of your target audience, then you have to be able to take criticism. Your readers will not want to read a book with plot holes and grammatical errors. In fact, if you are aiming to write and release more books in the future, then you’d be losing your first readers. First impressions tend to last. Wouldn’t you want to build a loyal fan base right from the start?

What are you waiting for? Take the initiative and begin your journey into the self-publishing world here!


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