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In the Review Tab of MS Word I Select Compare & Merge. I put two feedback documents together and choose a new document naming it–Project Title All Feedback. Then using the All FB Doc, I add another feedback doc, using the revised document bullet. I repeat until I’ve got all feedback merged into one document.
Immediate and Spontaneous Reactions
I truly enjoy spontaneous comments and my readers know this. Everything is fair game. There are surprises where something is funnier than I expected. Other things fall flat. Those comments help me see if I’ve connected or not. Every writer needs to know where they land.
If everyone shares a negative about a portion of the story, it’s a huge a red flag and can’t be ignored. Hopefully they are clear and precise about what the trouble is. If not, emails would be in order asking specific questions and quoting from the project as a reminder.
Now just as Red Flags are obvious, so are the Green Lights where everyone agrees that something is wonderful. Savor those moments. Bookmark them when things get tough.
Reading two entries that contradict help me see that feedback is subjective and I’m the tie breaker. I make my decision based on where I want the story to go and what I’m trying to achieve. Again I’m thinking hard about what I should do and what my vision is for the work.
No one gets rave after rave without criticism….. So if you are, then you need to find new readers. Your friends and family love you too much to hurt your creative feelings.
I understand this. But the consequences are you’ll never grow as a writer. Find some honest soles that will offer constructive criticism. They will fuel change, make your work better, and that is one step closer to being published.
Why One feedback document
One document is time efficient and stops me from being overwhelmed. I focus on one chapter at a time—I’m so Sagittarian it hurts.
Enthusiasm can ebb away with repetitive tasks. Mistakes get missed and we all get tired.
I guess what I’m saying is…
“Work Smarter…Not Harder” by Allan F. Mogensen