• CRITICISM
    When To Pay Attention?

    AWW 38 CRITICISM

    HEY WRITER, do you know when you need to pay attention to negative feedback? And, by extension, when you should just ignore it? “Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and…

  • CRITIQUE & REVIEWS
    DOs and DON’Ts for Critics

    AWW 33 CRITICISM DO DONT

    HEY WRITER, have ever you been a critique partner? Maybe a member of a writing group? Or, my personal nightmare, had friends and/or family ask you to give them feedback on something they wrote? After all the posts about being on the receiving end of criticism, today, I want to…

  • REVIEWS & CRITIQUE:
    -Can Criticism Be Healthy?

    AWW 28 CRITICISM

    HEY WRITER, do you think criticism can ever be healthy? I do, and in this article I’m going to tell you why. “The trouble with most of us is that we’d rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” – Norman Vincent Peale When the emphasis of criticism is…

  • CRITICISM:
    -3 Ways It Makes You Stronger

    3 ways criticism makes you stronger

    HEY WRITER, did you know criticism can make you stronger? Most of us could share quite a few stories about the criticism we’ve received and the mark it left on our psyche. We all know it can leave us feeling weak, misunderstood, and vulnerable, but it can also make us…

  • CRITIQUE & REVIEWS
    3 Reasons We Hate It

    AWW 17 REVIEWS Why Upset

    MOST PEOPLE hate being criticised, so as writers we’re in good company. It’s just that criticism can sting more when it relates to something you have created. But then again, as Aristotle said: “Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” As writers,…

  • CRITIQUE & REVIEWS
    Who Can You Trust?

    AWW 14 Reviews Critique Who to Trust

    I CAN’T STRESS this enough: Not all feedback is valid! As I’ve mentioned before, people can’t help themselves. They just love to dish out criticism for all sorts of reasons, whether they know what they’re talking about or not. As a writer, therefore, it is vital to know when to…

  • BAD REVIEWS
    Everybody Gets Them

    AWW 11 Rejection Bad Reviews

    NO, LOVE, you’re not alone. Every single storyteller (or any other kind of creative person) gets bad reviews. Granted, some get more than others, but generally speaking, we all get our confidences knocked down a peg or two every now and then. But it doesn’t have to be the end of…

  • CRITIQUE & REVIEWS
    Don’t Be A Dick!

    AWW 8 Reviews or Critique

    ONCE UPON A TIME I used to love reading the reviews in The Sunday Times. It was my most precious indulgence while I was a poor single mum living in Sweden. I’d pick up the thick envelope from my newsagents on a Wednesday and put it aside so I could…