Advice for beginning/intermediate writers
|So, you want to be a writer. The fact you want to be anything implies you want to learn how to be whatever you want to be. Very few people are born with the knowledge necessary to be good at what they want to do in life. You need to learn the trade/skill, and where do you learn that? From someone else, of course. Whether it be a school or on-the-job, you will have someone teach you what you need to know.
The first thing you need to do is adopt the attitude that you are willing to listen to what those who are already what you want to be tell you. If your feelings get hurt when a welder tells you what you did is all wrong then: 1) the welder will stop helping you, and 2) you haven't learned anything. You've wasted your time and the welder's time.
Whenever I ventured into a new field, I knew I had a lot to learn, and whatever anyone told me about how to do something I was all ears. I never copped an attitude.
So, you write a piece, post it, and are anxious for it to be reviewed. You are proud of yourself and of your product.
Then someone who knows a lot more than you know about writing shows you what might be wrong with your story.
The result is your feelings get hurt, and you ignore what you were shown. Reviewing takes a lot of time and effort. The reviewer shared their knowledge and experience with you. Do you really want to be a good writer? Honestly?
Then get over your hurt feelings and learn from: 1) your mistakes, and 2) the expertise of the reviewer.
If you want to make clay pots and your first attempt is terrible, are you going to cop an attitude when someone shows you how to do it right or are you going to listen and learn so your next attempt is much better?
The English language is a difficult and complicated language, and there are people who: 1) studied how to write correctly, the grammar rules, punctuation, etc, and 2) have a lot of experience writing professionally.
When they review your story: 1) they put a lot of time into reviewing, and 2) they are teaching you how to write better. Learn.
Then, if you remember what they taught you, your second story should be better.
When you express your displeasure to the reviewer, the reviewer is also upset. It is unlikely they will ever want to help you again. You have just lost a valuable resource, and given the impression you know more than the reviewer, which is, obviously, a fool's downfall.
In conclusion, realize you are, essentially, a student and you came here to learn. Then learn. Get better.
Don't be discouraged if your "masterpiece" isn't the masterpiece you thought it was. Even professional writers write, edit, write, edit, and write again, if necessary, to get the piece to be a masterpiece. Listen to what your review tells you and learn how to improve it and all your future writing.
Agreed, not all reviewers give good advice. Some don't know much more about the mechanics of writing than you, perhaps, but look for some jewel in all reviews. There must be something in each one that is worth noting.
Keep in mind, it takes time to be a good writer. Even professional writers rarely write something that does not need an edit or two.
Good luck & keep writing, my friends!!