Mixed Reviews on Goodreads?
Do you use reviews to improve your writing? I have an account on goodreads.com, but to be honest, until recently I have not spent a great deal of time on this website. Then, I few days ago, I dropped in on my account to see what was happening only to discover that I had a few more great reviews for my novel, Serpents Underfoot. These reviews are by Goodreads members who have actually read my book and who I do not know! It is one thing when a friend or family member reads your book and tells you how great it is. But, when a stranger enjoys your book and says so … how fun is that!
Therefore, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Garrett Lee and Kevin Keegan for your FIVE STAR reviews and A Standley for your FOUR STAR review. It means a lot to a writer to get some response to his work, good or bad.
Use reviews to improve your writing skills!
Good reviews are motivational and we all love to get them. However, bad reviews, if honest and to the point, can be very instructional. I am sure there are readers out there who will simply not like my work. Such is life. But constructive criticism can go along way toward improving your writing skills. So, instead of getting angry or upset over bad reviews, view them as tools to improve your writing skills. Take the comments and look to see if the review you are upset about is indeed on to something.
5 thoughts on “Use Reviews To Improve Writing Skills”
I like to think I’ve been pretty good at taking criticism – hence my being a glutton for punishment and collecting enough rejection letters to wallpaper my living room! haha
Haha! Then you and Stephen King, at least according to his book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, have something in common … and things seem to have turned out okay for him!
And I’m still working on a blog for nothing. Oh well – at least I’m enjoying it and finding some really fine people on-line!
Exactly! Me too. However, every once in a great while, I do actually sell a book!
You’re doing better than I.