Criticism and rejection hurt. I will give you a ticket to freedom from rejection and criticism in one word – nonsense. It’s all nonsense because the critiquer or the rejecter’s words come from the perception of one person.
One rejecter will hone in on your misplaced commas and another wants to tell the story for you. Nonsense.
Nonsense Writer Critiques
Ignore “Write about what you know”. Write about what you don’t know. Your research will provide a unique story or article and you will learn something in the process.
Ignore “You must write 10,000 words every day or you aren’t a writer”. Productive writers make their own schedule. You know when and how much your schedule allows you to write, don’t you?
Ignore advice that insists on paralyzing perfectionism. Write the very best you can every time you put pen to paper. If you keep tweaking and putting your drafts away in drawers, you will never complete a project.
Ignore criticisms that make you feel unworthy. Many can criticize but few can objectively critique. Take only advice that rings true and ignore the rest.
Ignore advice to write something different, which appeals more to the advisor than you. If your critic could put her interest on the page, she probably would. You are the writer.
Ignore “Read everything”, and “Don’t read anything”. A writer reads.
Ignore rejections. Rejections are nonsense. Period. The end.
Writer Journal Assignment – Criticism and Rejection
Dig through your desk drawers, file cabinets, etc. and pull out all rejections and criticism you’ve accumulated. (If you have only received verbal criticism, try to recall what the person said.)
Select a rejection at random and re-read it. Write anything you recall about your initial response in your writer journal. Did you cry? Were you angry? Did you call them names (in the privacy of your own home)?
Get those emotions out. Negative emotions block creativity.
After reading my perspective on criticism and rejection, what would you do or say if you received the same rejection letter or criticism today? Tell your writer journal.
Continue the process until you can honestly stand-up and say with me, “NONSENSE”, it’s all nonsense.
Burn the whole sad, pitiful mess. You are a writer. Write!
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