Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Writing Wednesday: Should You Read Your Own Reviews?
Sometime in the second week (again, go ahead and send all those jealous curses my way. It was worth it.) I got a Google alert about a new review on Goodreads.
I made the mistake of clicking the link.
It was not a good review.
And yes, I read it several times, trying to parse it out. Feeling worse each time I read it. The sinking feeling in my gut had little to do with the tequila I'd had the previous night, and more to do with self-doubt. Why was I wasting my time trying to get my characters to cooperate?
I didn't open my manuscript for the last few days of the trip, nor have I returned to it since getting back home. Now, granted, I've been crazy busy catching up with work that piled up at my day job, as well as organizing the bake sale for the high school musical and cooking dinner for 50 for the drama department fundraiser and opening the pool for the season.
But I've found enough spare time to read 5 other books and write two reviews.
Just not work on my WIP.
Has this ever happened to you? What do you do to snap out of it? How do you let the criticism roll off your back - or do you?
How do you deal with negative reviews? Please share your strategies, because I need a boost.
And chocolate. Lots of chocolate.