Ignore the Negative Comments | Discussing "Bad Writing Advice" Part 4

by - September 27, 2019


Hey there, friends! Today is the last day of the "Discussing "Bad Writing Advice'" series I've been posting on my blog. If you missed any of them and would like to check them out, scroll to the bottom of this post to find the links!

Today's "bad writing advice" is something you might have heard or been taught. And that advice is this:

Ignore the negative comments.

Let's jump right into this discussion!

WHY THIS IS GOOD WRITING ADVICE

"Ignore the negative comments" is really good advice because some people like to be plain rude. It's unfortunate, but it does happen.

This is a good time to simply ignore these comments. These people are being immature. If you love your story, then it's a good enough storyeven if you are the only one who likes it.

If you pay attention to negative comments, it can really hurt and discourage you, potentially stopping you from writing.

But sometimes, negative comments are a good thing. How? Keep reading!

WHY THIS IS BAD WRITING ADVICE

So how can negative comments be a good thing? In this section, when I say "negative," I mean comments that are more criticalnot exactly rude.

If you see a critical comment, don't ignore it right away. And don't get upset over it. Take it into consideration. Maybe this person knows what he's talking about. Maybe he doesn't.

Trust me, it could turn out to be a very good idea that you listened to this critic.

IS THIS GOOD OR BAD WRITING ADVICE?

When I say "negative comments," do I mean rude or critical? There is a distinct difference between the two (although yes, sometimes critical comments can be rude).

If you see a rude comment that indicates that that person has no idea what he's talking about, just ignore it.

But if you see a critical comment that indicates that that person knows what he's talking about, think about it before completely disregarding it. Who knows? It might help your writing so much!

WHAT'S THE POINT BEHIND "IGNORE THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS"?

The main point behind this advice is to ignore the "jerky" comments. But that doesn't mean all comments that don't like what you wrote are rude.

They just might be helpful.

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what about you?
What are your thoughts on ignoring negative comments? Have you found the not-so-positive comments helpful to you in your own writing? Or, at least, can you see how they might be helpful?

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  1. This was such good advice!! It can be hard sometimes knowing how much to take someone's more critical comments to heart. Thanks for this!

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    1. Hey Kassie! I'm so glad you found this helpful! I know, right? Sometimes it's very discouraging, but other times, very helpful! I've had experience with both! XD

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