Editing and revising has been a big topic this week because I’m in the deepest, darkest depths of it. Yup. I’m in the early chapters, but this is where we hook our readers, (or not), right? So it’s important to get it perfect.
Anyhow, as I mentioned yesterday and the day before, I find it difficult when I receive negative feedback that’s presented horribly. For me, this kind of feedback causes me to completely ignore any advice that person has given.
If a fellow writer can’t take the time or doesn’t care to be nice in their message, I couldn’t care less about their advice.
But What about advice presented in a respectful manner. Do you take it?
I do, of course. Other writer’s opinions are valuable. That doesn’t mean I’ll edit my story with every piece of advice they give. It’s still my story, after all. However, if several writers say the same thing, that’s a good indication there’s something in the writing that needs to be fixed.
Ultimately, writer’s are in control of their own work. Don’t feel obligated to make changes just because someone in a class, workshop or a reader says so.
No matter what anyone says about what they think needs to be done, it’s still your story!