Writing Goals: A Strong Backbone

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So, these are some of the criticisms I have heard throughout my lifetime.

  • I have a big mouth.
  • I am intense.
  • I am too candid in my speech.
  • I can be insensitive.
  • I am too passionate.
  • I have a temper.
  • I am as stubborn as an ox.
  • I have an iron-will.

Do I agree? Yes.

Via Giphy

Were those truths easy to accept? No.

We tend to shy away from exploring ourselves. It maybe  our fear of being seen as weak and admitting the truth to others.

Destructive criticism evokes a negative response. Constructive criticism opens the door to engaging discussions.

Writers, screenwriters, bloggers or any person in this industry knows about being under the microscope. Critics are famous for their scrutinous tendencies. A scathing book review has the potential to affect book sales and impact a writer’s career.

A few thoughts:

  • Criticism of your work is not an attack on your character.
  • Do not expect everyone to fall head over heels in love with your work.
  • The best way to deal with criticism is to keep on working.
  • Take those observations in stride.
  • Do not be reactive.
  • Think of the power of your work to provoke conversations and encourage responses.

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”


3 thoughts on “Writing Goals: A Strong Backbone

  1. theowllady

    Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.

  2. cpapawrites

    Thank you for this post! I am always needing to remind myself that criticism of my work is not an attack on my talent or person. Because I put my heart and soul into my hard work, it’s hard to accept it when someone dislikes it or has harsh words. But my work isn’t written for everyone – and the criticism always makes my work better. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience.

    • Miriam E. Thompson

      This was my way of speaking to myself as well. I appreciate your comments because at the end of the day, all of these are part of what helps us to be better writers. Thanks for sharing!

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