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Video Quickie: How to Get Feedback & Handle Criticism

Getting honest feedback for your writing is absolutely vital — but necessarily a whole lot of fun if you don't have a thick skin. Jon's here with some thoughts on how to get unbiased input, and how to deal with criticism in a positive way



10 Responses to “Video Quickie: How to Get Feedback & Handle Criticism”

  1. MaryAnn Diorio

    Great stuff, Jon!  Thanks for posting. I especially like what you said about accepting criticism a a gift. I would add that it's important to note the source of the criticism. Those in the know re: children's writing are good sources of criticism.

    Thanks again for all you do for us children's authors.


    MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA
    Children's Author
    A Student's Guide to Nathaniel Hawthorne (Enslow Publishers, 2004)
    A Student's Guide to Herman Melville (Enslow Publishers, 2006)
    A Student's Guide to Mark Twain (Enslow Publishers, 2008)


  2. lilia westmore

    I honestly do not mind if someone critiques my writing as long as the critiquer lets me know why that sentence, or that phrase are wrong or that word is wrong. Most people who pretend to critique a work are just expressing their personal feeling. If I critique a piece, I would usually quote a reference in order to let the writer know that my critique is not personal but a suggestion for the writer to either make sure the reference I quote is right for the critique I suggested.


  3. Yvonne Bartle

    Thanks Jon, I fully understand what you were explaining. That has made me feel much better about something that happened about 3 years ago.

    I couldn't grasp why I had so much red work in my children's book I was trying to write. Yes it did throw me and a lot of water has flowed under the bridge and I lost the will to write.

    I have tried a few times to get back into that manuscript, but I can't get past all the red writing.

    I will look at it with different eyes now. Keep them coming Jon.

    Yvonne….NSW Australia

  4. Sue Swinger-Ellbogen

    Thanks Jon, just the kick in the pants I need!

  5. Charlet Johnson

    I did find a wonderful group. Not everyone in the group writes for children which I think works for me. They ask before I read what kind of feedback I want. I swallow hard and told them to give me the works. Yes it hurts to hear negative statements. Not everyone heard the same story I read that's bounced around in my head and made it to paper.  I listened and took what I needed to make it better.

  6. Alicia Minor

    We help one another through critiquing and as writers, we are open to all kinds of opinions and take it professionally. This way, we could achieve a publishable manuscript. Each manuscript is worth the effort, time and energy especially when it gets published. We all share the success and the honor because we get involved with fixing a grammar, a tense or a punctuation mark. Whatever flaw we are able to fix, we take the pride and honor to say, I've critiqued that manuscript! Thanks Jon for another space and chance. More power!

  7. Teri Evenson

    Jon,  thank you for a great reminder to learn to accept criticism.  You are right, in the long run I know I need to accept a readers critiques better.  Like you said, it is sometimes difficult to hear after putting your heart into a piece, and constructive comments or criticism from people who want to care about what I am doing and the work is really appreciated.  I will admit, I sometimes have to sit back, bite my tongue while they talk, and force myself not to interrupt with questions.  But I think I'm getting better at it!  And I'm seeing my work getting better for it.  Thanks again for the reminder.

  8. Alicia Minor

    Sure, criticism hurts. I got embarrassed too sometimes but we have to realize that they are giving us honest feedback to improve our craft. Take it or leave it, so they say and we must always take it for a better manuscript because one day that honest feedback that hurts us will become a dream come true one day. Revise and succeed. Another good tip.

  9. Leslie Goodman

    This is a wonderful video, Jon.

    I want to share something with you along the same lines.

    Last week at my daughter's piano lesson, her teacher, Miss Burns, asked, "Do you know what it means for me to critique your playing?"

    My daughter replied, "Yes, it means you're going to point out all the places I messed up."

    Miss Burns said, "When I critique your playing, I'm showing you ways to improve it."

    This applies to writers, too.

  10. Sustainable Leadership

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