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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Dreadful Feedback!

Okay, maybe it's not so dreadful. In fact, I know I'll need feedback in order to improve over time. So, I want feedback, especially constructive feedback. That doesn't necessarily mean I'm going to enjoy it, though - good or bad. Feedback - as in, reviews - is one of the main reasons I was afraid to pursue a career in writing. It's a conflicting issue. Like I said, I know I need it, but I don't want it to define me. I don't want it too influence my work too much.

And, I won't let it. I will work to improve grammar, spelling, and formatting flaws, but changing the content will be difficult. For example, I recently received a decent review on Amazon for my first book, Tales From Under The Bed Vol. 1. This review claimed the book was written very well. Fantastic, right? However, the review stated it was "nothing special" particularly due to the lack of supernatural stories.

Obviously, an opinion is an opinion. I'm definitely not angry; maybe a little disappointed in myself, but not angry. But, this kind of brings me to the point: I can't force myself to write something simply due to a review. I want to write my own stories, supernatural or not. So, although I appreciate feedback, I can't let it dictate what I write. I will continue to read reviews, but the influence will be less significant than I originally expected.

Furthermore, I encourage other first-time authors to read reviews, but give them minimal weight when it comes to the actual content. (Technical errors, such as grammar and formatting, should obviously be addressed immediately.) They're important, but don't let them discourage you or change your style. You can't please everyone, so tell the stories you want to tell - simple as that. I think that would also be the best way to get over negative feedback. Don't let it stop you from chasing your dreams!

Anyway, thanks for reading! Let me know what you think about reviews by Tweeting me or commenting below. Am I being to nonchalant or lenient? Am I being to sensitive? I don't know, maybe...

Jon Athan

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