What Should You Do with Criticism?

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Criticism can he hard to swallow as a writer. After all, your story is like your baby! You put so much love and time into making it what it is that criticism can feel like an attack. I hear you! It’s not the nicest thing in the world to look through your fanmails and see post after post telling you what you did wrong. But that’s not the point of criticism! It’s not there to judge you or make you angry. It’s not there to hate on your story. In fact, it’s there to help you become a better writer.

But how should you deal with it? Should we be just blindly accepting all the feedback that we get? Of course not! It’s all about assessing what criticism works for you and your story and making an effort to see things from your readers’ points of view. After all, they’re the people you need to appeal to. They’re the ones who are going to give you the reads and praise and popularity that you want. And if you don’t handle criticism well, you could end up angering, upsetting or lashing out at the people who are there to support your story. Not a good image! And it will affect the way your work is treated in the future.

So here are some tips on how to deal with criticism in the right way. It should let you keep being the boss of your story whilst giving your readers the say that they want and deserve. The fact is that they’re going to discuss and criticise the story whether you like it or not. So you might as well give them the space they need to help them feel comfortable and happy!

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Great Books To Read for World Book Day

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Happy World Book Day! As an avid reader, I have to say that I absolutely adore this day. I don’t need an excuse to celebrate books, but it’s great that there is one! It doesn’t matter how young or old you are. World Book Day should be an excuse to read some of those books you’ve added to your growing reading list. You have to start somewhere! So take a few minutes out of your busy lives today. Pop down to your local bookshop or browse Amazon’s incredible library. Or maybe you can crack open one of those novels you’ve had sitting, unopened, on your shelf for years. Whether you have an e-reader or you’re going to check out some books from your local library, today is the day.

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But many of us face a dilemma: we do want to read, but we have no clue where to start! Believe me, I know that feeling. There are so many books to read and so little time! Or you signed up for an email newsletter years ago and now you’re swamped with endless suggestions. Maybe you just need a little more info on the book before you commit to it. Whatever your reason, it can be nice to get some ideas from real people instead of machines pumping out promotion emails. That’s where I come in. I’ve read thousands of books over my short life. Some of them were very good and some of them were very bad. Most of them were somewhere in the middle.

Here are some of my favourite books and why I think you should read them this World Book Day.

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