Thank you, Critics

Even the best writers need another set of eyes to help edit their work. I spend so much time with my creations, I can no longer see what’s right in front of me. I try to be grateful for the critics. If not for them, I wouldn’t grow.

If all I received were praise and accolades, it would make me feel good, but it would mean that I must be perfect, and so I have no reason to change anything. Therefore, I would not strive to be better, and would remain stagnant, in a false sense of perfection. False, because no one is perfect. 

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what’s a heaven for?”

Robert Browning

Negative critique, or “constructive criticism,” to me, is much more helpful than a smattering of praise. Don’t get me wrong, though, I appreciate acknowledgement of a job well done, and I do hope my readers like what I’ve written.

If you’re not aware, a book’s ranking and popularity on Amazon is dependant on reviews as much as number of sales. So, whether or not you like my (or any other author’s) books, I encourage and implore you to leave a review. It could be as simple as “good book,” or “didn’t like it,” but this profession relies on the reader. Read, review, and recommend to others.

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Please check out my article Thankful.

Published by Brandon Ellrich

I live in Central Missouri and enjoy reading, writing, playing tennis, watching movies, and exploring creative outlets. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and I love to take my readers inside the minds of my characters.

3 thoughts on “Thank you, Critics

  1. Left a comment, Life-Long Writer. Engagement tends to be a big issue in any field and is not unique to writing. Surely your understanding of consumer psychology dictates the tactics you employ to convey a relatable message that cuts down the toil of motivation and interest. I look forward to the future of creativity as it opens doors to the conscious mindset and perhaps a long-lasting product with great design. It is also amazing to see that in order for a man to cause a positive effect, he doesn’t need huge biceps, golden locks, or a chiseled chin that could make an ice sculpture. His smooth demeanor and kind eyes help, though.

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