Using Feedback To Become A Better Writer


Nearly all workers receive feedback from customers, clients, colleagues, or supervisors. Positive feedback can make you feel great about yourself and your abilities but negative feedback, on the other hand, can often feel hurtful. When you work in a field where creativity is part of your job, like in writing, you may be particularly sensitive to negative feedback. But hearing the good and the bad about your writing can help you become a better writer. 

The importance of feedback

It’s a common struggle to be able to critique yourself and your work accurately. Some people are too hard on themselves while others may think more highly of their work than someone looking at it from a neutral perspective. Having an outside party provide you with feedback can help you see where you can improve and help you understand your strengths as a writer. Positive and negative feedback can help you know what changes you should make in your writing and what you’re doing well. 

Use feedback to improve your work

Being criticized for something you worked hard on can feel like a personal attack, but most negative feedback is not malicious. Feedback on your work is usually given to help you improve your writing and learn new skills. Ask questions and take notes when receiving feedback so you’re able to use those suggestions when making corrections or writing new content. If you get feedback that does seem malicious and unhelpful, ignore it, and seek advice from someone else who can help you. 

Being critiqued for your writing doesn’t always make you feel good about yourself, but it can help you learn how to improve yourself. Positive feedback can be useful, but it’s often the negative comments that can make you try harder to do better. Avoid taking criticism personally and seek out advice from others when attempting to improve yourself as a writer.   

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