How to Deal with Negative Review

Image result for How to Deal with Negative ReviewThe act of making up stories is very vulnerable. Writers take something out of their unfiltered imagination and put it into the form of a product. Unfortunately, writer’s work can be criticized. How does an author deal with a negative review? Here are some ways to handle the stress that comes with being a writer.

1) Remember that reviews are publicity

No matter what reviewers will say, they spent energy and time thinking about your book. Reviews spread the word. If someone criticizes your work, remember, not all people who read the review will agree.

2) List your fears

It’s scary to launch your creative work out to the world. You’re putting your best effort out there for people to see. With a bad review, a person heartlessly disparages what you love. What you need first is to congratulate yourself and admit that writing a book is a frightening thing.

Then, list all the comments you fear most. Some points that you may list are poor writing, the work has typos, it’s not funny. Think about all terrifying elements of a bad review. Always remember that no bad review has ever caused the world to end. In your next creative work, make some adjustments so that you can reduce those types of reviews.

3) Focus on the reviews that brighten your day

Make another list that consists of special words that make you feel good: witty, imaginative, hilarious……Spend time enjoying the reviews that contain those words.

4) Remember that every author gets negative reviews sometimes.

Never forget that even authors of most beloved creative writings get bad reviews.

References

http://www.litro.co.uk/2016/04/everyones-critic-dealing-negative-reviews/

http://io9.gizmodo.com/how-to-deal-with-harsh-criticism-of-your-writing-1719575398

http://www.novelpublicity.com/2015/01/6-creative-ways-to-cope-with-negative-reviews-the-authors-meditation/

Goals that Every Creative Writer Should Set

Image result for Goals that Every Creative Writer Should SetGoals help us to do many things. They keep us focused, and they help us strive to be better. There are different types of goals writers should set for themselves. Today, I will discuss three of them. Trust me, they will help you immensely.

Before I even talk about the three goals, there are three strategies that can help you meet your goals. The strategies include keeping the goals visible, giving yourself incentive and telling someone.

Now, let look at the three different types of goals that you should keep for yourself.

The Daily Goal

The daily goal should focus on whatever you want, but it should be so consistent that it gets you into a habit. For instance, you may decide to “write a journal entryor “write 1,000 words”. Avoid setting goals that are too hard to attain.

The Long-Term Goal

Long-term goals can mean monthly or yearly goals. Duration is not very important; just ensure you stick to a date that you picked. This goal should be set before setting daily goal. An example of a long-term goal is finishing the novel before the year ends.

The Lifetime Goal

What is your ultimate desire as a write? Do you want to have one of your stories made into a movie? Do you want to be famous or rich? Those are types of questions you should ask yourself before setting lifetime goals.

References

http://www.writing-world.com/basics/goals.shtml

http://blog.writersdomain.net/2015/07/27/3-goals-every-writer-should-make/

4 Ways to Achieve the Best Ending to your Story

Image result for writingEnding a story can be a frustrating experience. Every person wants a perfect conclusion that fulfills and compliments the purpose of the story. Writers strive to have an ending that leaves their audience satisfied. Thankfully, there are several ways we can tie up our stories.

1. Resolved Ending

If you want everything to be well packaged and put away, a resolved ending is for you. There is no question or guesswork left as the destiny of each character is known. This ending is good for a writer who is concluding a series or writing a singular novel.

2. Unresolved Ending

Basically, this is opposite of a resolved ending. The main plot is left unfinished and destiny of each character is unknown. This entices readers to imagine and make their own ending that satisfies them.

3. Twist in the Tail

This kind of ending catches the readers by surprise. There is an unanticipated turn of events. This ending plays with the readers’ emotions.

4. Tie-Back

This style makes a story to begin and ends in the same way. First, the author reveals the ending before he/she explains how that ending came to be. A clever writer is still able to introduce surprises.

References

http://writeitsideways.com/what-are-the-best-ways-to-end-a-story/

https://www.writersedit.com/6-easy-ways-achieve-perfect-ending-story/

Creative Writing Careers You Should Know

Image result for creative writingIf you have passion for creative writing, then you’d possibly enjoy a job in which you could spend most of your time pursuing that passion. Since creative writing is an artistic pursuit, it requires dedication, hard work and passion.

When we think of people whose source of living is creative writing, journalists and novelists come to mind immediately. But are there other jobs for people who want to make creative writing work put food on the table. The following are creative writing career that you can think about for your future.

Greeting card author

Creative writing professor

Comic book writer

Game writer

Novelist

Creativity coach

Advertising

Literary consultant

Screenwriter

Documentary filmmaker

Songwriter

Freelance short fiction writer

Legacy writer

Ghost-writer

Travel Writer

Columnist

Personal Poet

Playwright

Blogger

Although you cannot make a lot of money out of creative writing careers right now, just do what you

love. The money will come later. You’ll never know unless you attempt, right? If you think I have not included all creative wring careers, share your thought by leaving a comment.

References

http://www.insidejobs.com/articles/top-jobs-for-creative-writing-majors

http://www.queens.edu/Academics-and-Schools/Schools-and-Colleges/College-of-Arts-and-Sciences/Academic-Departments/English-and-Creative-Writing-Department/English-and-Creative-Writing-Careers.html

How to Win a Creative Story Contest

Image result for creative writingWould you like to win a short story contest? What do judges look for when giving prizes in creative story contest? The judges are not profoundly moved by lyrical language, deep insight into human condition or snappy dialogue. They are looking for evidence of structure. To strengthen story structure, ask several key questions.

1) Have you focused on one protagonist?

A creative short story should have one protagonist. A story may be told by many narrators, or through several point-in-views, but one protagonist should clearly predominate to sustain engagement of the reader in the story.

2) Is the protagonist appearing quickly?

The protagonist should appear in the first 400 words of your story or no later than page one. Readers interact and bond with the first character they meet. Therefore, the first person they meet should be protagonist.

3) Does the protagonist change?

The conflict should change the main protagonist in some way; he/she should be a different individual at the end of the story.

4) Is there a single principal theme?

A short story should have one prevailing theme, and one single master plot. If there are any re sub-plots, ensure all the conflicts support the main theme.

5) Does your story end by revisiting the theme?

When closing your story, in some way, revisit the theme. The main problem may be resolved. There might even be accepted that the issues will never be resolved. However, one must return to the theme.

6) Are the primal emotions engaged?

The theme must engage the reader’s, and, by extension, the protagonist’s carnal drives or primal emotions. Defined in the simplest terms, these include physical survival, sex, emotional comfort, and spiritual advancement.

References

http://www.writerswrite.com/journal/mar98/short-story-competitions-increasing-your-chances-of-winning-3984

http://writetodone.com/seven-ways-win-short-story-contest/

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