Wednesday, 23 April 2014

T is for THICK SKIN

Hey! Follow me this month as I work through the alphabet of great writing tips, from creating ACTION to getting into the ZONE. Then, go here to see who else is taking part in the 2014 A to Z Blogging Challenge.

*      *      *

Art is subjective.

Whether someone likes a painting, a poem, or even a sculpture is based on personal opinion — and the most important thing I’ve learned is that you’re never going to make everyone happy.

So when you send your finished work out into the world to be critiqued by the public, you need to develop a THICK SKIN.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s important to have people read and edit your writing if you want to get better, but as long as the criticism is constructive (and not mean), then take advantage of the feedback to learn how you can improve.

Still, I know it’s hard seeing all of those “red edits” all over your writing. When I’m asked to give feedback on some writing, I use a green pen — green for growth. It looks a lot less harsh!

Gotta jet!

— Chase Superman Duffy

4 comments:

  1. I like the idea of green for growth. Red pen everywhere reminds me of school and lecturing, and a certain teacher I never liked (she raised her voice too many times).

    A thick skin in the writing business is such a must. Don't think any writer can survive and improve without it.
    Silvia @
    SilviaWrites

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Completely agree, Silvia! Thanks for stopping by.

      Delete
  2. The red edits are just suggestions to make it better.
    And if a thick skin doesn't help, a good sense of humor will!
    Hope you're having a good time with the Challenge.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great comment about a good sense of humour. I agree, completely. Thanks for stopping by — I am having a great time with the Challenge!

      Delete