Neil Gaiman Critiques Quotation

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Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you what exactly they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong. ~Neil Gaiman

As a writer, one of the most exciting and potentially devastating things you can do is to hand someone your story to read. You’ve agonized and slaved over every word choice, every turn of phrase, every punctuation point. And you’ve become emotionally attached to your characters, lived with them, breathed life into them, you know them better than you may know yourself.

Once the work is in another’s hand, you wait for a response. You watch the reader’s face for the hint of a smile, the rise of an eyebrow, a grimace, a laugh. And then, the reader offers a critique.

Now the writer needs to decipher the cryptic code. Some critiques may be of things that had niggled at you, which makes it an easy fix. Other comments may point out minor issues or illuminate significant plot problems. And still, others may hurt to the core.

No matter what the critique, search for its validation, fix it, and move on if you find no basis. You’ll find some comments or suggestions that spark your creativity and lead you to strengthen your writing. But always remember to be true to yourself and your story.


Author’s Bio

Abigail Leigh Reed: Abi is the author of a 2019 Writers Digest award-winning cozy mystery short story (THE SOZZLED FLAPPER), the co-founder of two critique groups, a Southern California Writers Association member, and an executive board member of the local Sisters in Crime chapter. An avid mystery lover, she lives in Huntington Beach (Surf City, USA) with her family and three purrfectly spoiled cats. For more information please check out her About Me page.

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