The other night I was telling my husband about how discouraging the lack of feedback can be in the world of writing. An extra degree of effort is required on the part of the reader to tell an author what he or she thought about an article or book, to express how the author’s words might have impacted them, or even to bring up certain aspects they may have disagreed with. Actually, an extra degree of effort is required just to read those words in the first place. So much demands our attention these days that it has become a luxury to read a book or magazine uninterrupted, and even more rare to read a web article all the way through in one sitting.
Occasionally we writers get a glimmer of feedback from readers and, if we’re lucky, from a gracious editor. I know that I am indebted to the few editors who took the time to tell me how to improve my writing and praised the stronger passages. I am also very grateful for the people who have read something I’ve written and taken time to comment on my blog posts, Facebook page or send me an email.
All that being said, sometimes we have to be the change we want to see in the world. So, I am dedicating myself to 52 Weeks of Feedback. Every week, I will read an article thoroughly and provide that author with candid, helpful feedback. I won’t necessarily comment on the writing itself, but provide some kind of affirmation for the work that author put into putting that article together or the ideas they are putting forward. This is something I already do on a regular basis, but I want to do it more intentionally.
So here is the challenge:
- I will read and comment on a piece of writing every week for 52 weeks.
- If I miss a week, I’ll comment twice the following week.
- If it is a web article, I will leave a comment using the comment feature. If it is a magazine article, or I want to comment on a book, I will email that author my feedback (or find some way of contacting him or her!)
So, who’s with me? Are there any other writers out there who want to dedicate themselves to 52 Weeks of Feedback?