If you’re like me then you focus a great amount of attention on completing as much writing as you can whenever you have the opportunity. With a family, a full time job that often requires 50 to 60 hours per week, and a variety of additional entrepreneurial pursuits I am forced to maximize my productivity when I sit down to write.
On one hand I am proud of the habits I have created. As a result, I am efficient and extremely productive. On the other hand, every now and again, I can find myself forgetting that ultimately the words I am writing will be read by many different people.
These people will have and are entitled to their own opinions. Moreover, it is very likely, regardless of the quality, that a portion of your readers will not like what you have to say.
When this happens it is essential you do not, under any circumstances allow these opinions to cause you doubt yourself or your abilities. I say this because today I received my first one star review on amazon. In response to a suggestion I make in my book The Declutter Formula one reader was so turned off they felt compelled to leave the following review.
Negative reviews are not uncommon and are often very helpful from a consumer stand point. When we go shopping online and we see a negative review we look at it as information we’ll either consider as helpful or unhelpful. We rarely look at the poor review and think to ourselves “jeeze that was mean, I feel really bad for the writer (or seller)”.
When the review is a result of your creation though it will hit you straight in the gut. It’ll hurt. Essentially you put yourself out there in an extremely vulnerable way and some person very easily demeans your message. Again, it hurts.
When (not if) this happens to you, it is essential that you refuse to let this negativity hinder your drive to continue writing.
To close I’m going to offer three quick strategies to help work through these discouraging reviews:
Strategy #1 – Join writer/author focused Facebook groups or attend meet-ups. Tell members your experience and watch the support roll in.
Strategy #2 – Does the negative review offer any constructive feedback? If so, focus your attention on using the feedback to help improve your skills.
Strategy #3 – Read through your positive reviews. As bad as a negative review can hurt, a positive review offers a feeling of joy that is comparable to very little. The same day I received the negative review I also received the review below.
Regardless of the strategy you choose to utilize to get yourself past that negative review, remember that time is of the essence and what you really should be doing is more writing.