In this episode, I am talking about accepting feedback on your work.
It can be both good and bad.
One thing is that if you are getting a lot of negative feedback, your work just may not be ready but don't despair.
Some tips to help you!
1. Choose who you are sending it to wisely (I forgot to mention that in the episode but I'll do another podcast about this soon)
2. Take everything with a grain of salt. You can't change everything to please everyone so take what is said and pick and choose what you need to change.
*Pro Tip: if many people have the same feedback, you should probably look at it
3. Put the feedback aside for a bit. You can't face it when you are emotional and you can become defensive immediately.
4. Picking and choose what to change. This is important because you are the writer/creator.
5. Always be open to revising your work.
If you can't change something, change your attitude. Feedback is an opportunity to grow and make your story stronger.
If you can't afford a private editor/coach, go to writing workshops. You can take them online via coaches like me or from companies like Writers' Disget and online conferences.
6. Ask for specifics for what you are looking for. It is okay to ask for something specific and it will help your critique group and readers.
7. It's not personal.
8. Everybody has opinions. Their opinions sometimes don't matter. In the creative industries, there will always be someone who just doesn't like your story even if it's crafted well.
STORY is always first!
Craft books I recommend
The Plot Whisperer by Martha Alderson
The Hidden Tools of Comedy by Steve Kaplan
Story Genius by Lisa Cron
Wired For Story by Lisa Cron
Write Your Novel From The Middle by James Scott Bell
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The show mentioned is SILICON VALLEY HBO Season 3, Episode 9
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