What Feedback Should You Apply To Your Story?

#writingadvice – Handling feedback on your story: Helpful post with useful tips and a few caveats…

A Writer's Path

Feedback

by Allison Maruska

A critique partner (CP) recently told me one of the trickiest parts of the group is remembering not all feedback need be applied. It reminded me of my early days in the group – as a new writer, jumping into a gathering of other writers (who you assume all must have more experience than you do) can be overwhelming.

You post a story, a handful of other writers submit comments on your work, and not knowing where any of them are coming from, it can be hard to know which comments are “legit.”

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7 thoughts on “What Feedback Should You Apply To Your Story?

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Linda. It reminds me of some things I’ve finally figured out on my own, plus gives me one or two different perspectives, as well. You can bet if someone has a question about something, there will be other readers who do, too, so you really must consider each comment very carefully, as this article suggests, before deciding to leave it as is. And if you are lucky enough to have a good editor on your team, just remember, that yes, you have the final say, but you ignore your editor at your own peril. Most of the time, if you back off and think it over, you’ll see their points are valid, and will make your writing stronger. But now and then, standing up for a line or a scene you really believe in is worth it. Just choose your battles carefully, and know what your motive in standing firm is. Do it for the right reason, and not just because you can.

    That’s my take on it, anyway, for what it’s worth. 😀

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    • I am very lucky in that my editor, Caitlin Stern, is very good at what she does, and allows me the opportunity to question her comments when I feel strongly about something. We will sometimes argue back and forth, until we reach a compromise that works for both of us, or one of us convinces the other to change their mind. But 99% of the time, her comments, suggestions, and corrections are on the money, and I’m getting smart enough to recognize this, after 5 books together. Especially her CUTS. I’m wordy, and even if I know a section needs trimming, I have a hard time deciding what needs to go. Caitlin is much better at that than I, and mostly, I now make her cuts without arguing. But now and then . . . well . . . now and then, I do balk. A bit. 😀

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