Monday, July 5, 2010
Criticism vs Praise
--W. Somerset Maugham
As writers, we are an insecure lot. We need praise to validate the time we pour into our craft. We need someone to tell us we are getting it right.
But the problem with praise is that it won’t push us to do better. Praise won’t give us any new insight. We can’t learn from praise.
We also need to seek out constructive criticism. If we approach this kind of criticism like a learning tool, then it will push us to improve. It will help us to grow as writers. It will teach us where we might be getting things wrong. It will open our eyes to other perspectives.
Even established writers benefit from being open to criticism. We never stop learning.
What’s the worst kind of critique you’ve ever received? What’s the best?