Reader Compliments on Writing

United States
February 7, 2013 7:25pm CST
A relative complimented my writing today. He said he very much enjoyed it. It felt great to get a compliment, because I don't always get feedback from readers, even in this day of prolific social media and the movement to log off and enjoy real life for awhile. I got more compliments on my writing when I was a member of a writers' group online, actively participating in posting new writings, entering their writing contests and the obligatory feedback required of the membership. Also, my family doesn't really understand the writing world, particularly since things went primarily digital, so it was really great to hear from one of them that they enjoyed my work. Maybe when I write another book and market it I will hear more in the course of readings, demonstrations, reviews, giveaways, book tours, and so on. My last book was a cookbook, and I've heard feedback that some readers have given away their hard copies and bought replacements, because they enjoy the recipes and their healthy ingredients so much. that and the glowing reviews from mom bloggers are pretty good compliments, too.
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10 responses
8 Feb 13
I love writing too! I would like to know more about what you do to see if I'll be able to do the same (make a living writing). Do you take on paid assignments or do you just blog/write professionally online?
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• United States
8 Feb 13
Hello, rainforest, nice to meet you. At the moment, I'm blogging and freelancing online, have a third book in progress and contemplating other projects.
@wolfie34 (26877)
• United Kingdom
14 Feb 13
Just seeing my name in print is a compliment in itself, when I was a teenager I was always writing small articles and sending them in, and I remember how proud I was to see my name in print! I think compliments inspire us as well in our work and encourages us too. I used to dabble in poetry too, but that I did in the height of my depression, sometimes writing helps me a great deal.
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• United States
14 Feb 13
Heya wolfs, hope today is a good one for you. I had the same experience with seeing my name in print, such an honor it was back then. Once, when my first article was published in the uni campus paper, it seemed like everyone on campus suddenly knew me by face and name. Everywhere I went that day, readers stopped and complimented me. That was a double whammy of seeing my name in print and getting reader compliments on my writing. And it was just a story on our band's participation and results in a competition.
@scheng1 (24847)
• Singapore
11 Feb 13
Hi Belinday, good to hear that. It's good to have reviews and compliments from readers. At least it shows that someone cares enough to read and comment. I guess when a book is well written, there will be a fair amount of negative comments too. It is part of life. The more readers there are, the more comments, whether good or bad.
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• United States
11 Feb 13
Hi scheng, nice to see you. You are so right. Whether good or bad, reader feedback is crucial to writing, be it books, articles, poems or whatever. If readers are saying anything, they cared enough to read and they cared enough to respond. And if readers care enough to do all that, the writer needs to care enough to take it into account as they continue to write.
@mariaperalta (19096)
• Mexico
8 Feb 13
I love to write here at mylot. It also feels great when someone tells you how much they like your writing. So I understand you there.
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• United States
8 Feb 13
TGIF, Maria, and thanks for responding here. Mylot is a lot of fun, and mylotters are generally reliable about reader compliments on your writing. My friends here keep up with everything I do on mylot and have very constructive feedback, which helps me determine which way to go next. Thanks for being one of these wonderful people, Maria!
• Philippines
8 Feb 13
That's worth a blowout, well keep up the good work. I wish for you more success.
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• United States
8 Feb 13
Heya teo, and thanks for joining in on this convo. You never know where reader compliments on your writing might take you. I was reading an update from my friend Amanda Palmer on the resurrection of her Kickstarter World Art/Book/Music Tour, and she literally lives on audience feedback from her works. It's like oxygen to her and fuels her creations.
• China
8 Feb 13
hey belindayhughes Congrats on your new book. And i wonder how long have you prepared for your new book before you started writing, i mean probably you did some investigations or found relative materials or did something esle. Anyway, writing a book is really a hard but excited process, so congrats again and you finish a good accomplishment.
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• United States
8 Feb 13
Hello, Ariel, how's your day going? Thank you for the congrats. Actually, this book took the least initial preparation of all. I just dove in with the resources and experiences I already had and wrote it. Writing can, indeed, be challenging and exhilarating in the process. But reader compliments on my writing generate ideas and fuel my enthusiasm.
• India
8 Feb 13
Its always a good feeling when someone appreciate your hard work because it motivates you to continue or even go for something extra. Appreciation is necessary for a person to know his or her capabilities. You said you were a part of a writing group online then why you left it ? I never knew that your last book was a success so congrats for it and I am glad that people actually liked your work. So I am hoping that soon you will go for your next book.
• United States
8 Feb 13
Heya intel, totally agree with you. Reader feedback, whether from other writers, editors or consumers, be it positive or negative, is vital in order to effectively continue our work. I was once a member of the Writing Bridge. It was great while it lasted. Then, my life changed somehow, priorities shifted, and I was unable to participate to the degree required by administrators. I'm still friends with those administrators. I just hadn't thought about going back in awhile, because my writing life got busy, and I realize now that being a member of a group comes with responsibilities. Now, if I go back or join a new group, I want to be able to give it the attention it deserves. It seems Twitterchat groups are filling that role for me at the moment. And my respect for mylotters has definitely grown from their feedback. Thank you for the congrats on my last book. The next book was nearly finished when I got an awakening here on mylot. So I tabled the book until I could address it with that new perspective, which will hopefully be soon. I want it to be what the readers, including my friends here at mylot, want and need it to be, using their generous and valuable feedback.
• United States
8 Feb 13
It is nice that your relative liked your writing. When it comes to much of what I consider to be my real writing (pieces that have passed through the hands of an editor, rather than things that are simply posted online), there generally isn't a lot of feedback from readers. Of course, I think that it is probably better that be the case than having complaints.
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• United States
8 Feb 13
Yet another unique perspective on reader compliments on writing, thanks, wilson. Actually, I'd still like to hear reader feedback on all of my writing, self published, other edited or whatever. It's just great to hear from someone who's read it and has a response.
@ARIES1973 (9530)
• Legaspi, Philippines
8 Feb 13
Actually, it is our relatives who is the hardest to please so if ever we got a good feedback from them, we should rejoice, he he. Well,that is one of the happiness of a writer. That our work are being appreciated by others. One of my dreams is that if ever I attend a certain seminar or get together and when the presentation ended showing the resources as my article. I would be the happiest person if that happens. I will shout, hey guys! I wrote that! Have a nice day!
• United States
8 Feb 13
That would be a hig form of reader compliment, to have your writing as the basis for a seminar. Great thinking, ARIES.
@edvc77 (2143)
• Philippines
8 Feb 13
Hi, I also enjoy your writings. I'm a writer too and it is one of my passions. Actually, I'm a designer in profession but I enjoy much when I'm writing. I joined a writing website last year only and I won first prize in a poem contest. That motivates me to write poems and now I'm into writing articles. Let us keep on writing.
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• United States
8 Feb 13
Hello again, edvc, and thanks for joining in. It's great that you've discovered writing and a website for writers. It's important to get reader feedback, wherever you get it from, and writers' sites are good for that. Stay in the writing flow and your life will be happy from expressing yourself.