Diary of a bad writer – Week 16

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January 15th – Some time after work… and a glass of wine

After reading a bloggers horror story I wanted to add my critique. He was very receptive to my email. That got me thinking: He is in the same group of people I’m in. We want honest opinions of our work so we can get better at our craft. That’s the group I’m proud to be in. I hope my followers are too.

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism” Norman Vincent Peale



  One thought on “Diary of a bad writer – Week 16

  1. January 20, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Hi, Darnell. Your Norman Vincent Peale quotation fits in perfectly with my just-published post. Though it’s non-fiction, I thought some things in it might stir your fertile imagination.


    • January 21, 2019 at 12:56 am

      I appreciate the thought. I see how the animal/human ability to learn can be hampered by negative reinforcement. This is the sole reason I try to critique with kindness and hope others do the same with me. True, your non-fiction post is ripe with fiction possibilities… If I pen something, I will mention where I got the inspiration.
      Thank you very much Annie.

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  2. Eva
    January 19, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Great writers have received criticism. It is part of the learning process. It is the building blocks of a writer’s success. Love this blog post of yours😊

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  3. January 16, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Honest opinions are tough, but so useful, whether they lead to us making changes or not. It informs us about the psychology of our potential audience.

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  4. January 16, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Good point. I always think that constructive criticism helps you to improve, while empty praise just buffs the ego. Harsh but true, though usually they go hand in hand (praise for the positive elements; honest, useful criticism of the areas to improve upon).xx


  5. Meg
    January 16, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Amen to that! Great little doodle, too! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 16, 2019 at 9:50 am

      Yes! We connected as writers with the same goal: encourageing and improving.
      Thanks Meg. 😎

      Liked by 1 person

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