Dealing with Criticism: Some Suggestions

These are comments I made recently to a woman after I edited her manuscript. But I believe they could apply to life, as well:

A lot of my criticisms are my subjective reactions to what you’ve written. If I make a suggestion, it’s only that: a suggestion. You are totally free to accept it, reject it, or come up with something entirely different.

-go through the comments and let them ruminate

-make decisions on how you plan to rework, revise, and rewrite.

-start making your changes

-TAKE YOUR TIME. A part of you will be impatient to give birth to your masterpiece, but as all good moms know, letting nature take its course is the wiser way. If you’ve been with the project for a long time (9 months or even 9+ years), it’s only natural to want get it over with, but don’t rush the creative process.

-Once you’re done rewriting, find people who – because they love you – are willing to read the manuscript at no charge and give you their honest feedback. It probably won’t be as nitpicky as a professional editor’s, but – if it’s HONEST – it’ll help you know where the story is good and where it still needs reworking.

Writing a manuscript is like living life: We are all works in progress.

I would be honored to edit your manuscript. Click on the “contact” button on my Home Page to get in touch with me. Type “Manuscript Editing” in the subject line. Or make a comment below.

Thanks! I look forward to working with you.

About admin

I'm a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" and the author of three mystery-suspense novels: "Fast Track," "Bluff," and "Troubled Water." Book four in the Lark Chadwick mystery series, "Bullet in the Chamber," will be published October 15, 2016 by Strategic Media Books.
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