Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wisdom on Wednesdays: Critique Isn't Just for Writers

I had an experience this week wherein I had to give some really negative feedback to a person. It wasn't a writer-person - it was in another arena of my life - and I realized as I prepared for this meeting that if I had had to give this feedback three years ago, I would have done it differently.

More harshly.

There might even have been tears.

But this time, without even thinking about it, I planned what I had to say so that I sandwiched the negative stuff (which was HUGE) between some pretty positive stuff.

It was a really good, really productive meeting. We parted ways with an action plan, and a plan to meet again to follow up.

I have benefited so much from my writing life.

How has what you have learned as a writer bled into your life?


  1. That's great that you were able to use the sandwich approach. My writing has made my legal writing more dramatic.

  2. Great observation. The kind sandwich method works with kids too!

  3. That's an interesting point you make.

    Writing has changed my life in so many ways.

  4. Oh my goodness, Ishta, huge sounds huge. It sounds like you handled it really well. It's great when something you spend so much time doing benefits you in real life too :)