If you've got something bad to say about my writing or my family then you'll hit a sore point every time. I do realise thought that the words thin-skinned and writer just don't go together either so I do need to toughen up and not take things so much to heart.
The thing is, there are tactful ways to criticise or review a book, but perhaps only someone who has actually written one and battled with their confidence would understand how hurtful some comments can be.
That said, I’m also a big believer in learning from my mistakes and so I've reviewed and re-edited my book with a specific eye on punctuation, not for my reviewer on Amazon but for myself, because every step of my writing journey is a learning step.
Plus, once I re-read it I realised she was kind of right (me admitting my failings - light bulb moment) Though I will also point out that I don't believe that it detracted from the story or it's readability, but each to their own.
It’s possibly still not up to her standards (that wasn’t my aim) but it now has greatly improved punctuation and tighter writing in some places – so for that reason, I thank her for her comments.
As a writer, I now better appreciate the need to focus not only on the storyline and the spelling, but on the entire package.
If any of you have purchased or downloaded my book and not read it as yet, the updated (new & improved) version will be available for free later this week through the Kindle promotion. However, I've been told it will take up to 48 hours for the revised version to go live first.
So what do you get defensive about and what's the worst criticism you've received?
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