Learning to take criticism as a writer

There is this self-acclaimed perfectionism that is common with most writers. There is that ardor of creative infallibility that many writers are incorrectly doused with. Of course, as a writer, you are supposedly the Lord and Master of your pen. You are that expert tailor of words who can barely sew threads of words together inaccurately into a wrong content outfit. Yes, all this common.

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It, however, gets disturbing as some writers lock themselves in the cocoons of their opinions. Their ears bent in a subjective poise they could barely hear inputs or feed-back on their article. Some writers would see a little spoonful of criticism as a bitter mouthful they find hard to swallow, least digest into their creative metabolism responsible for processing their write-ups. Some writers proudly uphold themselves in some aristocratic frenzy expecting their audience to dance to them and never the other way round. This level of defiance is inspiring but affront arrogance if you are a new writer breaking into the scene.

Criticism forms a crucial nerve in the intellectual metamorphosis of every writer. As you grow as a writer, you must listen to feedback, correction, subtle and even harsh criticism. Practically you should even relish criticism as “proteins” which you must ingest to grow as a writer. Not every time will you produce groundbreaking content, it is possible you may veer off tracks often. So you need someone to beam the headlights, you need someone to stick in the road signs so you can properly drive your creativity to the correct destination.

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Truth is we just want to hear the smooth words, the pulsating praise “that was a wonderful piece there”. But it is as fruitless as trying to get the Devil to give his life to Christ, when you comfortably nest with a hypocritical flatterer who will never point out your flaws. One thing you ought to understand when you receive criticism is: it is not like the critic is saying you are not good, he is actually trying to get you to become a better writer. You must know every criticism shot is ideally, from a constructive gun, one that wants to see you smooth some of your rough edges.

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Try your best to separate yourself from the criticism. Don’t take the criticism as a personal aggression, it is your writing they are criticizing, NOT you. This way you will be able to process feedback drinking in the juice of a critique. Take it with humility and cheerful openness, no one knows too little to correct you. While someone may add in liters of improvement, some would just give you a scanty drop. But be humble enough to despise none.

Pressing the brakes to this article, the nutrients in criticism are best absorbed when you know the inspiration behind the criticism. Ask your critics amiably why they feel so, what feeds their opinion. Note you are not challenging their perspective but just finding out the parent of the perspective. As wordsmiths, it is not every time we forge daring and sweeping content.

Once the receipt of our humanity–imperfection pops up in your work; at the end of the day, if all like your work, no one actually likes your work!


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