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So, the 8th question is “How do you deal with constructive criticism/reviews? ”
1) Author #1 : Eric Nierstedt
I’m always looking for feedback on how I can improve. It’s not always easy, but I encourage people to be totally honest when they talk to me, or review. That said, there are occasions where I feel the story doesn’t need a particular change, but I would much rather hear suggestions and ideas then have someone be less then honest.
2) Author #2: M.A.N.
I try to see where they’re coming from and what I can take from the criticism to improve not just the story itself, but my writing as a whole, and all future stories.
3) Author #3: Peighton Weber
I just try to remember that they’re trying to help and I will be grateful once I’m finished.
4) Author #4: Lisa Lowell
I think of criticism as a stepping stone. I usually cannot go back and change things, but I can avoid that pitfall the next time I write a book. I don’t get depressed. None of my books are perfect.
5) Author #5: Rachael Krotec
I think it’s something to listen to criticism, especially if it might help make my story better, or in the case of a series, help the reader in the subsequent books, but it’s important to tell your story the way you know it needs to be told, too. At the end of the day, if I’m proud of what I’ve created, then that’s what matters most. People can be mean just for the heck of it.
6) Author #6: Mark Piggott
I know I’m not a perfect writer and I’ve made mistakes in my manuscript and on my earlier published works. I don’t take it personally, I take it to heart and use it to make myself a better author.
7) Author #7: Chimezie Ihekuna (Mr Ben)
Keep improving my writing skills
8) Author #8: Steve Holder
I realize they help me to become better at what I do. I know I have plenty of room for improvement so I welcome constructive criticism and advice.
9) Author #9: Dyane Forde
They prick the ego, for sure. No one likes to hear the faults in their story. But no story is perfect. Even masters have gone back to revise books they’d published. So, the trick is to take it for what it is, and to learn from it.
10) Author #10: David Chylde
I’ll listen to anybody who isn’t just trying to trash me.
11) Author #11: Irene Helenowski
I definitely try to learn from it.
12) Author #12: Ellwyn Autumn
I respond to all of them with courtesy and professionalism. You have to take the good with bad and apply comments that work to help develop your craft.
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