Writing

How To Ask For Feedback And Apply It

I’m going to focus more on feedback for writers. But the following advice could be applicable in general as well.

Write down your worries.

In other words, what’s holding you back from asking and receiving help? Getting your fears on the page might make you realize you have nothing to be afraid of. After all, what’s the worst that can happen?

Find someone you trust.

You’re more likely to apply someone’s remarks if you respect the person. Which isn’t to say you can’t approach a stranger for help. Do what works for you.

Ask.

The answer will always be no if you don’t. Imagine how much your work will benefit if you have someone look over your writing for mistakes. Or at the very least, places for improvement because you’re a perfect, flawless writer.

Set boundaries.

Let the other individual know what kind of feedback you want. That way, he or she can focus specifically on your flow, grammar, structure, etc. Better yet, you get the advice you want, and you won’t be blindsided by a curveball out of left field. I hope my baseball analogies and similes don’t bore you all to tears by the end of the year.

Listen.

Don’t be dismissive, especially if you solicited their suggestions in the first place. Hear them out at the very least. They might say something useful. They might not. But either way, you have nothing to lose.

Thank them.

For their time and feedback. After all, they didn’t have to provide you with comments or a critique for that story you’re working on. Unless you’re paying them to be your editor.

Don’t take anything personally.

Easier said than done, I know. But remember no one is attacking you as a person or your work either. Most people are just trying to help.

Use what works. 

You don’t have to use every suggestion.You’re more than welcome to, obviously. But ultimately it’s your story, and you’re the writer of it. Not your computer. Not your cat. Not your chicken.

That’s all my tired brain can come up with. I hope this post is useful or at least not entirely useless.

Good luck asking and applying feedback to make your work better. That’s the goal. I believe in you. Put your ego aside. Improve your writing abilities. I like to think life gets easier. But maybe nothing ever does. Either way, you have what it takes.

Personal Reflection

Testing My Patience

People just love testing my patience.

For the longest time, I could not for the life of me understand why certain individuals make rude remarks.

But I have come to realize that these people are simply testing my patience and are improving my tolerance for bad manners.

That doesn’t mean I condone their words or even their actions.

However I will like to thank them for teaching me an important lesson.

You don’t get respect if you don’t give it. Or at the very least, you won’t have my respect if you don’t treat me with respect.

Is it really too much to ask for?

Reading

Thoughts On Reading Quickly

I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t read as fast as I do. Thank God I can read quickly and retain information simultaneously.

If you have a difficult time reading and retaining in a short amount of time, I’m sorry.

Then again, I’m glad I’m not you. Going to the library and checking out ten books at a time is just the best feeling ever because I know I can reasonably finish those books in less than a month. Life would just be terrible if I could only read one book in one month.