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abqwriter – 2008-06-27 12:24 PM We’ve had several heated and long discussions about what makes a good critique and when we should value someone’s criticism and when we should slough it off. But I’m curious about something else – positive feedback. Truth is that we all like feedback, and we really like positive feedback. But I find that some makes me a lot happier than others. If an editor gives me positive feedback about my writing, I feel relieved that I did a good enough job to please them. If someone reads my work and has something nice to say, I’m glad I was able to write something that connected with them as a reader. But, oddly enough, I find that the one kind of feedback that truly elates me is when someone says that they enjoyed being interviewed by me. I have no clue why it makes me feel like I accomplished something so great, because for the most part it is talking with someone for a few minutes that I will never talk to again. They won’t ever come over for dinner. They won’t meet me for coffee on a regular basis. They won’t even recognize me if they hit my car in the mall parking lot. So why does it thrill me to know that they had a positive experience in the interview? I don’t know. But it is by far my favorite kind of compliment about my writing, weird as it is. How about you? What type of compliment about writing keeps you smiling long after the praise has passed? I’d love to hear your answers. I’m curious to see what we as writers like to hear about our own process.
This is an interesting question, Lisa, and I don’t think your reply is weird at all, by the way.
What I love is when someone tells me that my writing made them finally “get it” about something. I write about medical stuff for lay people, and if someone says, “Your explanation finally made it clear to me,” then I think I’ve succeeded and I feel really good.