Writing is solitary work. It’s also fraught with criticism. The moment we share our work with others, it’s bound to be judged. And we, as writers, are often asked to judge or critique the work of other writers.
When we critique the work of others, it’s extremely important to be honest about what we’ve read. That said, there’s no need to cut down, belittle, or insult the work of another writer, or the writer herself. It is always possible to give someone feedback that is constructive and encouraging.
A recent tweet I value reads ‘Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already.’ DaveWillis.org. How true! We all have our own challenges to overcome. A simple word of encouragement can make all the difference to people close to us, to fellow writers, and even to strangers we happen to meet. I choose to be an encourager. Pass it on.