Why Negative Feedback Is Positive
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Right above is an actual comment that I received for an article I recently wrote on bellanaija (read article).The first time I read the comment my skin went cold…I had that sinking feeling that only writers that pour their heart & soul into their works can understand. But after analyzing the article again I began to get excited and here is why…
One of the biggest obstacles to lots of up and coming writers and bloggers is the fear of negative reviews. The fear is so prevalent that people would avoid posting or writing just to avoid being criticized. But The irony of life is that no matter how brilliant you write, no matter how awesome your book is or your blog is, there is always going to be that one or two persons that would hate it. The funny thing is that when that happens it is a sign that your message has evolved beyond your circle of friends. At that point you should not be discouraged but rather encouraged to write more. Because, if authors and bloggers got discouraged by negative reviews then we would have very few sensational authors writing…If you don’t believe me then see below for some negative reviews to two brilliant and classical books:
An amazon.com review to Half of a Yellow, which has won several awards and is about to be made into a feature film.
An amazon.com review to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has received, which has sold a gazillion (word used when you are not sure how many millions) copies across the globe.
So if you are a blogger or writer reading this now, don’t get paralyzed by the fear of negative reviews. Rather you should crave it, not just because they are inevitable, but because it is a sign that your writing has reached an audience beyond your three F’s FAMILY.FRIENDS.FANS. And when this happens you might just be on your way to writing a classic. So stop worrying and start writing utiliizing the negative reviews as stepping blocks to writing success.
PS: I was ubber excited when Hugh MacLeod actually commented on the article. Talk about amazing! See picture below…now I can die in peace (I kid I kid):
Wishing You Extreme Success,
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