Tips & tricks: Feedback. Dealing with feedback is one of the hardest things when you are a writer. You have been working for months to complete your novel and then again months to edit it. Liters of blood, sweat and tears later you proudly present your novel to friends, family or editor. Just to get a lot of crap… This is not good enough, you have to change this and that. It’s hopeless! But, as a writer, you Need the feedback! Feedback that is constructive will make your novel even better! When you present the story you wrote to others, think about the next few things:
- Only ask feedback of people who you think are helpful. Family and friends who read a lot, for example, or an editor.
- Don’t ask: ‘What do you think?’ Make a list with questions you want to know the answer to. That way, you’ll learn the things you really want to know.
- Continue asking if you don’t understand the feedback. If someone says: ‘I don’t like that character.’ Ask why!
- Don’t take feedback personally! It’s hard, I know, but you have to use the constructive feedback to make your story better. Just let the unconstructive feedback slide, you will have to have a thick skin as a writer!
- Take all of the feedback from your readers and compare them. That way you can find the things that are repeating and change them.
- Rewrite the story but don’t change your style. It is still YOUR story!
- Let your co readers read the story after you rewrote it and ask if you used their feedback in the right way.
Lots of love, Patty