Randy Susan Meyers: What to Do With Critique Advice

Randy Susan Meyers says, that when it comes to criticism from her writer's group, she needs to hear or read the same idea two, three, or four times before she can incorporate it into her work-in-progress. "Months after arguing with my fellow writers, (so blind! so ignorant!) I re-read their notes and am struck by wisdom where I formerly saw idiocy."


How do you decide what to keep and what to leave behind from critiques?

"When a value judgment is unanimous, be it favorable or unfavorable, something important was said. It is, of course, possible - unlikely but possible - that you are right and everyone else is wrong ... But usually something everybody dislikes needs fixing. Unanimity is rare."

H.G Wells noted: 'No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.'

She says, "Having to explain my work means something is wrong. Your work must always stand on its own pages. After all, you'll never get to explain anything to the reader who buys your book."



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