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Surviving Criticism

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Re: Surviving Criticism

Postby AlanSmithee » Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:39 am

Write a reeaallly big book, Lexi, so that when it gets published it's big enough to clock him with. ;)

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RE: Surviving Criticism

Postby JaneD » Mon Sep 01, 2008 3:00 pm

I work in health care. I wrote an article about the stress involved working with critical care patients. I emphasized that humor more than anything kept us going along with a candy jar full of Prozac. What a response I got! Some people took it personally and criticized the article, claiming I insulted them. I found out just how many health care workers took Prozac to keep themselves going. This article taught me to let their words roll off my back.

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Re: Surviving Criticism

Postby Lexi » Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:35 pm

Thanks, Alan. I needed a good laugh after that.

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RE: Surviving Criticism

Postby 4thtroika » Tue Sep 02, 2008 5:58 pm

My worst criticism was probably, "You think anyone cares about your writing?"

I know I care. So the answer is yes. And I keep going.


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Re: Surviving Criticism

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Re: Surviving Criticism

Postby Iris » Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:59 pm

Well, most of my criticism is from me so I have never actually managed to finish anything. Recently my mother (naturally biased) read one of my pieces and said, “Wow your writing sound really professional. Just like Jodi Picoult” (the author she is currently reading). I haven’t read her so I don’t know if that is good or bad. I am, however, currently reading the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, so I *know* my writing is mediocre.

I have also been told by people on this forum that I am very talented, but I think they are just lying to be nice.


I am so normal

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RE: Surviving Criticism

Postby pencilandpaper » Sat Sep 06, 2008 6:11 am

When I was in college, I had a new professor tell me that my writing was not good enough for a "C".
That stumped me, I wrote for my high school newspaper for two years. I took me that whole semester to recover.

Then it struck me---I could, can write. What did he know, anyway. I went back to him and told him that.

From then on, I am confident in my writing.
No one can tell me I CAN'T write. Some one can suggest ways to IMPROVE what I write.

I became a newspaper reporter and a member of Toastmasters (writing speeches). Plus, I teach writing at an adult education school.

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Re: Surviving Criticism

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RE: Surviving Criticism

Postby wings » Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:45 pm

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RE: Surviving Criticism

Postby DickCheney » Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:42 pm

The classic criticism, written in bold, bright, lucid red pencil, up and down the margin of the piece in question: Who Cares?

To which I am inclined to reply, after much thought and cerebral discussion among noted experts in the area: F*** Off.

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