When Writers Wear A ‘KICK ME’ Sign

You’ve written something good. Or, it might be good.

“Will you critique this for me?” you ask someone you respect.


Immediately, the reader feels the need to find flaws. Sometimes, they might invent flaws. Not out of spite, but from a fear that they’ll fail you by being happy.

I feel there’s nothing wrong with saying initially, “Please, find 2 or 3 reasons to like this.”

If the reader praises only your choice of fonts, then you know you have a problem.

Once you have true strengths to build on, then start fine-tuning. Otherwise, be prepared for a bruised bum from those kickers who mean well.


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