Handling Construcive Criticism As A Writer

Do you write and often get discouraged by those reviewers or beta readers?

Today I'll be showing you how to handle constructive criticism as a writer.

In my first post on this blog I showed you how you can develop your dreams as a young writer.


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Here is a post that will not only prepare your heart for heartbreaks but point out the places where you'll need to work on in your write-ups so you won't care about what any reviewer tells you.

These are ways of handling constructive criticism as a writer, read the full post for the nice story at the end.

You can handle constructive criticism by doing the following:

1. Ask for more opinions from trusted but not personal sources.

2. Never give up!

3. Tell them thanks and work on your corrections.

4. Follow your heart, no one does it better than you!

5. Take a break from writing if you feel that will clear your head and be back with consistency and nice works.


Today, I'll be showing you the following:

What Is Constructive Criticism?

Writing A Smudge Free Story or Content

•Writing For The Readers

•Reading Books In Your Genre

•Preparing For Constructive or NOT Constructive Criticism

Handling Constructive Criticism

What Is Constructive Criticism?
I won't give you a definition straight from Google because you would have gone there if you wanted that.

For me, constructive criticism is a diplomatic way of conveying errors in a piece of writing.

Most authors, writers, beta readers, reviewers, etc, tend to forget the essence of the word constructive in that short sentence.

They go round bashing writers and making them feel bad about something they could easily point out to them.

 This isn't only done by the group of people I mentioned above but can be exhibited by family, friends, and other relatives.

For example, Bada sends me a draft of her short story 'Forgiveness'. I go through the story and realize that the grammatical errors are prominent and it would be better termed 'Letting Go'. Instead of calmly sending her a text or telling her that, I send her something like this:

Bada, your story is a bag full of outrageous cringe causing mistakes. Your grammar is zero and your title is out of the blues.

I would have diplomatically sent a message or told him that but I chose to remind her that I'm more professional.


Writing A Smudge Free Story Or Content
Smudge free story


A smudge-free story or content isn't just a story that has all the elements of a good plot, character development, good grammar, and all whatnot.

 A smudge-free story can be a simple story without too many grammatical errors.

Obviously, Bada wouldn't have been insulted if he proofread and self-edited his work before sending it out.
There are so many editing apps out there and I'll advise you to go for Grammarly

A friend of mine once termed it a lifesaver and I agree with her.

Grammarly checks for spelling errors, unnecessary spacing, incorrect verb usage, and so many other things. You can also use the Grammarly website.


Writing For The Readers
You'll realize that most at times when you give your story or book to your family or friends they often give good reports after.

This may mean two things. Either they don't want you to feel bad or they genuinely love your book.

In the second case, there's a possibility that seventy-five(75%) percent of readers out there will love it.

Here, most authors and writers will back off but if you are easily discouraged, you should stick to this.

Writing for the readers means that you should write what you'll love to read.

I'm not saying you should completely rule out the inciting event, conflict, and conflict resolution rule.

But try to write whatever your mind tells you to, you'll find out sooner or later if it's complete crap and can opt for rewriting some parts to make it flow better.


Reading Books In Your Genre
As a writer, you should be familiar with the word genre.

If no, a genre is a category of Literature that is broadly categorized into three parts namely:

Prose

•Poetry

•Drama

Prose has to do with the stories, articles, and essays we write.

Poetry consists of poems and we know what poems are.

Drama has to do with scripts and screenplays, they consist of mainly dialogues and minimal description.
Prose is subdivided into:

Young Adult(YA)

•Romance

•Fantasy

•Science Fiction

•Erotica

•Adventure

•High School

•Historical Fiction

•Fan Fictions etc,

For example, if I choose to write a book on time travel, I'll have to categorize my book under historical fiction.

And to get what I'll term experience, I have to research for the best and most loved books in that genre.

 Maybe I could learn a thing or two.


Preparing For Constructive or NOT constructive criticism

As much as lots of people out there will wrongly criticize your work, you'll still have those who'll tell you your flaws in a very diplomatic way.

No matter how good a writer you are, you can never write the perfect piece.

This means that you'll get criticized even when you feel your work is great so wait for it.

It's inevitable!


Handling Constructive Criticism As A Writer


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Well, this has been the focal point of the post so I'll be giving advice from an experienced mouth.

A month ago, I signed up for a review club. I wanted my book to be honestly reviewed so I could work in the corrections and improve.

 So I signed up!

After weeks of waiting, I got my review. Mistakes were pointed out harshly and my rating percentage was low.

Funny enough, this was a book that the few people I'd sent it to love.

 I was told by someone that the reviewer must have rated me low based on the fact that I used an instance of a senator's son being a murderer.

To cut the long story short, I felt horrible and took a break from writing.

I saw a post recently about a lady who said she's writing for the one person who'd read her book and that got me encouraged.


Drop a comment if you are discouraged and you'd love me to read your write-ups.
I'll try.
Hoping to give you more helping posts!

Love from Udeme.

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4 Comments

  1. Sissssss!!!❤️
    Always making me damn proud 😊❤️
    Better be taking correction from me o😂😂👊

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  2. I must say, this is a very good piece, I love it! Your approach is on point.

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