You Need Criticism to Become a Good Writer

Seeking criticism forces you to grow in your writing career

Thomas Plummer
Dec 14, 2019 · 9 min read
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There will be days where the criticism outweighs the hope you have as a writer, and those are the days you need to prepare for in your career

My first paid writing was a scam, but it still paid two dollars an article, which seemed huge money for the work when you are sixteen.

He then sat with me for two hours giving me the first real critique of my writing I had ever had

I believed I was already a writer in my young but already arrogant head, but in two hours he showed me that filling pages wasn’t the same thing as thinking like a writer.

If you can’t take criticism, stop dreaming of being a writer.

There will be days where the criticism outweighs the hope you have as a writer, and those are the days you need to prepare for in your career.

It’s not personal (at least most of it)

New writers not yet seasoned by the fire usually take all early criticism as a direct frontal attack on their work and some new writers are so insecure, they refuse to even post their work or submit it to an editor for fear of judgement

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Are the critics right?

Train your mind to just one response whenever anyone offers criticism of your work. Sit quietly, breathe, and ask yourself if he or she is right?

What can I learn from this?

Equally important is learning from criticism. If the offered advice is something that was intended to make you better, what can you take away, and can you get more of this help?

Was this a concise, focused piece?

Was it me? Is this really a messed-up attempt at writing something decent?

Will editing save this or is this concept wrong?

Sometimes you explore an article and it just doesn’t work. You create, you doubt, you write anyway and then you submit, then it finally takes a real editor or coach to say there is nothing there and move on.

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Thomas Plummer

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A simple life dedicated to leaving the world a little better than I found it. Long career in the business of fitness, writer of books, speaker, personal coach.

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