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Writing is a individual and meditative process. To share with a new what we wrote is to risk. Some of us are more concealed than others, some of us tolerate risk beat than others. When you analysis someone's work you don't know where on this continuum the author stands.

In order to offer feedback, one needs to be prepared. First you must accept the writer. He (or she) put his soul into the work and doubtless cares about it more than he thinks he should.

Secondly, you must abide by opinions, tastes and ways of navigating the world that be at odds from your own preferences.

This admiration for the journalist leads to accord the writer. Now you are ready to offer feedback.

1. First of all, tell the journalist what works in her story. What did you like? What moved you, intrigued you, made you think, made you feel? Where does the writer's strengths lie? In description, humor, drama, dialog?

In my 14 years of coaching creative writing, I have noticed that writers grow more from focusing on increasing their strengths than demanding to fix their weaknesses. This does not mean that we must pretend that journalism weaknesses do not exist. When the strengths expand, however, they crowd out the weaknesses. The more one writes, the more one can naturally fix the inscription up as she goes along.

2. Do you feel that a bit critical is missing? What do you wish was in the story?

3. Industrial assistance: Were there parts that you didn't understand?

Try to appraise your own work also, subsequent these guidelines.

To be given advice also takes some preparation. Were you appreciated? Misunderstood? Did they find the one spot that you knew was weak, but you told by hand no one would ever notice? Was the part you loved the best the part they belief must be eliminated? There are two chief points to remember:

1. Exclusive of decent opinion from others, how will you grow and build up as a writer?

2. Don't give feedback-givers power over your writing, your self image and your emotions. Whether to admit their points and make definite changes based on them, is continually Your decision.

If you find that comment from others discourages you from writing, then stop in the hunt for out feedback.

Esther Susan Heller is the boss of The Jewish Journalism Institue which offers email courses in writing, together with poetry, comedy, creative true-life and fiction. She is a self-employed editor creative characters governess and magazine article writer. Visit her website: http://www. jewishwriting. com/

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