Friday Fun – When someone gives you negative feedback on your writing

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Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.

QUESTION: You have just shared your most recent work with someone – a family member, trusted “beta reader,” colleague, etc. – and their feedback was not as enthusiastically positive as you’d hoped. In fact, some comments were downright harsh. How do you feel? How to you react? What do you say to them, and what do you do next?

Lisa J. JacksonLisa J. Jackson: Mixed bag answer to this one. If it’s someone who can give me honest feedback, then I’ll take their comments respectfully and evaluate my piece. I’d have to consider the reader’s interests and strengths in feedback, too. My piece could just be something the reader doesn’t enjoy or has a particular strong…

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