The Dos And Don’ts Of Handling Bad Feedback

K.M. Allan

As much as we want to think everything we write is gold, it isn’t. In fact, when you’re first starting out, it’s not even silver or bronze.

Anyone who has dipped their toe into the feedback pool knows how scary it is to send your beloved draft to someone else. You know how it feels when you see that new email notification and how much your heart thumps when you open the returned file. Will the comments be bad? Will they tell you can’t write? Did they get the plot twist in chapter five?

Unless you’ve written and sent out the perfect manuscript, there will always be feedback that skirts between constructive criticism, pointing out what works, and the bad. Guess which one you’ll remember the most? The bad, it’s always the bad. Simply because it feeds into our own self-doubt, often mirroring what we know deep down is…

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