Constructive Criticism is Not Destructive

Ideally, criticism is based on a desire to see improvement in one’s work. Criticism, while painful to the prideful, should be taken like the advice of a trusted friend or coach. Image by Tumisu from Pixabay.

Joshua Hernandez

October 13, 2021

One of the most sobering experiences a writer can experience is listening to reactions to their work. For many first-timers with god complexes, having their mistakes thrown in their face can either obliterate egos or provoke accusations of blasphemy.

However, while facing failure can be unpleasant, it is invaluable to receive outside viewpoints if one wants an easier time to diagnose problems which can be solved in subsequent works.

In other words, no one is perfect, and criticism reminds us that we are human, which means we can grow and change.

However, while writers are not perfect, it does not mean that critics are.

Criticism of creative endeavors can easily be based off of emotions more so than logic, meaning that every criticism is valid to somebody.

However, while criticism can be valid, it does not necessarily need to be constructive, nor are writers required to take it.

In a video by Sasha Carrion, constructive criticism is defined as feedback without the use of insults or condescension.

If you can recognize that, then you can be selective on the criticism you receive, as this video demonstrates.

The best advice builds us up and calls on us to improve, not tear us lower than before.

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