Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive / Edition 1by Joni Cole
Pub. Date: 07/31/2006
Publisher: University Press of New England
In the first book to focus on this vital but delicate
All writers have stories of how some teacher, workshop participant, friend, or spouse gave them commentary that undermined their confidence and their writing. This “toxic feedback” has tainted feedback's reputation as a whole, causing too many writers to avoid or mismanage this valuable resource.
In the first book to focus on this vital but delicate dynamic, Joni B. Cole applies first-person experience, real-life teaching examples, and her own unique ability to entertain while reaffirming the many merits of feedback. Cole shows writers how to use feedback to energize and inform their writing at every stage of the process. For feedback providers, she delivers insights into constructive criticism and the difference between being heard and being obnoxious. Finally, she offers advice to workshops and critique groups on how to thrive in this collective experience.
In addition, established writers ranging from Julia Alvarez and Khaled Hosseini to Gregory Maguire and Jodi Picoult share their own feedback stories -- from useful to inspiring to deranged -- underscoring Cole's message that feedback plays a critical role in every writer's success.
Through a mixture of instruction, anecdotes, and moral support, Cole manages to detoxify the feedback process with humor and without laying blame, inspiring both sides of the interaction to make the most of this powerful resource.
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Table of Contents
What is Feedback?
Sarah Stewart Taylor: “Wow! This could be my job.”
Is It You . . . or Is It Them?
Samina Ali: “I would have sold my soul.”
Editing Your Editor
Ernest Hebert: “I wanted writing to be easy for me and it wasn’t.”
“Danger, Danger, Will Robinson!”
Jennifer Crusie: “A story is a collaboration between a writer and a reader.”
Waiting for Feedback
Archer Mayor: “Emotion is a blinding force.”
The Value of Toxic Feedback
Preventing Mental Meltdowns
The Power of Positive Feedback
Grace Paley: “My nature wasn’t ambitious enough to go ahead on my own.”
A Right Way and a Wrong Way
Can You Please Be More Specific!
Khaled Hosseini: “Even if the book is good, no one is going to want to publish it.”
The Moment of Truth
Common Human Decency
Don (D. B.) Johnson: “My best advice is to marry well.”
Get That Look Off Your Face
Ted Kooser: “We all serve communities.”
In the Company of Writers
Hey, Let’s Put On a Workshop!
How to Have a Good Group Discussion
Gregory Maguire: “I don’t revise in an architectural way.”
Who’s in Charge?
The Top Ten Rules of a Successful Writing Group
Julia Alvarez: “My dream of becoming a writer was a fool’s dream.”
Meet the World’s Worst Workshop
Jodi Picoult: “I call our relationship my second marriage.”
Can Creative Writing Be Taught?
Crystal Wilkinson: “Processing feedback has to be a meditation.”
In Appreciation of Bad Writing
Epilogue: Feedback and the Real World
About the Author
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