The Importance of Being Earnest ~ Flattery, Feedback and Constructive Critiques

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Flattery, Feedback and Constructive Critiques

 

     A fellow writer and I were talking the other day about the important of constructive feedback. One of the things I love about blogging is that I get to put my work out there for everyone to see. This also means that I get positive and constructive feedback which every writer needs. Often writers are too involved in their own work, or your eyes are cross-eyed from the computer screen, to catch the glitches, grammatical errors or structure that just seem to slip by. It’s great to receive feedback no matter its form, especially from writers you admire. I find it helps reinforce why we spend our days writing.

     Some writers may cringe at the thought of someone critiquing or constructively commenting on their work. I’m not one of those writers. I see it as a chance to improve my writing and a means to challenge myself. After all, that’s the point right? I highly doubt even the greatest of writers wakes up and says “I can write perfectly.” Constructive feedback and criticism pushes one to grow. Of course, anything constructive needs to be, well, constructive, not destructive. 

     If you are in the same boat as me and like constructive criticism it is important to give it as well. When I first started my blog I shied away from giving it. I didn’t want to hurt anyones feelings and I was afraid I’d say the wrong thing and have a whole bunch of fellow writers upset with me. Then I started getting constructive feedback on my own blog. I was so elated. To me this meant someone was not just reading my work, but really analyzing it with the perspective of a writer. Over the past few months I have not received one constructive comment or feedback that was not earnest in its intent. Thank you! Now, when I sit down to read the weekly #fridayflash these are some things I consider:

  • Point of View
  • Dialogue
  • Pacing
  • Structure
  • Grammar

What types of elements of writing do you look at when reading other work?

Do you give constructive criticism and feedback? 

Do you like to receive constructive criticism or feedback? If so, why? If not, why?