Why most writers cannot accept criticism, and what to do about it



Written By: Megha Varier
“Do you have any insights to give our students”?, asked our professor to the guest lecturer for the day, before he ended his session on creative seeing.
“Eh, I do not wish to call it insight, but it is something that I picked up over the years. Never get attached to any of your works. Doing so would destroy both your work and your creative mind”.
Before he walked out of the class, he had taught us one of the most important lessons of all. I could completely associate with what he had said.
Early this year, when I took up my first job at a start-up newspaper as an intern reporter, I was pulled out from the environment of college magazines and publications to a more serious professional style of writing, where my every word had to go under the scrutiny of my Editor.  I had always believed editing to be essential to polish any piece of writing, and I believed I was open to it.

How to Write Out of Your Comfort Zone

Written By: Apurva Agrawal

It is well established that as one grows as a writer, one also grows comfortable with certain styles and genres of writing. These styles and genres might be the writer’s natural inclination or they might have fallen into his bag of favorites due to ease and repetition. You know what I am talking about, right? Yes. It is a writer’s comfort zone we are all too familiar with. However, life is not all roses and writing is not always in the zone.

5 Reasons To Write on The News Hub

Written By: William Wharfe
The News Hub is an open journalism platform making news sustainable. The basic idea is that contributors can publish whatever they like, whenever they like, and get paid for it.
If you’re tired of pitching stories that get rejected, tired of having to shape your opinions to fit a publication’s agenda, tired of working to someone else’s schedule, then The News Hub might just be for you. Here’s why:

The BARCODE For Being A Technical Writer

Written By: Sonia Naik

A technical writer? Me? Well I never thought I was one until one fine day I woke up to a pile of reports, essays and research papers all pointing to one thing – when did all this happen and how?

For starters I have always been a voracious reader. More of those ‘ l love the smell of new books’ or ‘Oh I would love to be a librarian’ or ‘ Books are my best friends’ were always a part of my vocabulary. I wrote…a lot, whether it is my own expressions to fill my diary pages, edit the college magazine or complete the thesis. Each one was dealt with renewed vigour and unbounded energy. However it was not until completion of my Masters and joining a planning firm that I actually ventured into what is called a technical report. Having started my tryst into ‘serious’ report writing in an UK based firm the standards of writing, content assimilation, analysis and overall output were very high.

Top Things To Consider Before Making A Career Out Of Freelance Writing

Written by: Satarupa Bhattacharya


The tinker of money, dreams laced with dollars and the tapping away at your keyboard—do all of these seem so known to you? When someone asks me why I started writing in the first place, I am often stuck up with these images in mind. However, that in no way means freelance writing is only a money-churning venture that I have clung onto simply because I found nothing else. In my wee-days of freelancing, I was crazily confused-- not merely with anxious questions regarding how much I would earn but with the fear if my love for writing could take me far.

Effective Marketing Ideas For Self-Published Authors

Written By: Dora Houston
Anyone can get a book published today through self-publishing and get exposure to a certain extent. The first and foremost principle in marketing of one’s own book is to figure out where the potential readers are going. The author has to stand in front of them. Depending on the content or topic of his book he also needs to check which are the websites the readers are seeing, which magazines or blogs they refer to, and what are the most popular sites for information sharing. Then, as a second step, the author should get involved with those venues. This is the beginning of marketing which authors should do in order to get exposure as a writer.

How I Landed My First Writing Gig

Written By: Smita Kale

“Would you be interested in joining as an Admissions Editor in our company? It’s a work-from-home job.”


The second part of the conversation caught my fancy immediately and without thinking I agreed. When I went to the office for a written test and interview, I realised that probably I had bitten off more than I could chew. How on earth will I be able to write ‘creatively’? A science and math teacher by profession, with a teaching career of 14 years, my mind was attuned to writing only factual information and that too in bullets! Here, I was expected to help students write admissions essays for MBA, MS, SAT or PhD courses and polish their work by editing and restructuring their essays.

Want To Become A Better Writer? Here's What To Do...

Written By: Reema Mittal

As I pen this down, my mind is beginning to get entangled in a dilemma whether it is my voracious reading which influenced my writing ability or is it my divergent writing career which influenced my equally diverse reading interests.

Writing happened to me serendipitously. Fresh out of college, I dreamed of exploring the wide world around me. And to live my dream, I decided to earn some money and landed up in a publishing company as a trainee copy editor. Although the decision was not well thought of, it eventually proved to be the beginning of a new interest in my life. During my one-year stint in the role, I learnt the relevance of an error free copy, thus, developing an eye for fallacies as minute as double spaces before punctuations and as grave as the mis-spelled name of the author. However, what I found difficult to resist was the temptation to play with the language. But alas, my copy editing job never offered me much freedom to heavily edit the text, even though it was required.

Dream Big, Start Small

Written By: Uday Mitra

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.  (Ana├»sNin)

Multimedia surrounds me as I edgily craft 500 word articles for a pittance, going around the internet in dizzying circles. And then comes the occasional editing and proofreading contracts that generate decent incomes for those little vanity purchases otherwise unfulfilled. I sometimes dream of writing a bestseller yet!

Finding Poetic Inspiration...

Written By: Malavika Madgula

“I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.”

-- Robert Frost

There is a plethora of matter on the internet as to how to get inspired to write, how to write well, ideas on what to write, and so on. I have no idea about the success rate of those who tried this non-conventional path, but I am one who believes that writing comes from within. If something about words makes your whole spine tingle, then you’ve probably had a long love affair with words and you might have even engaged in wordplay at some time; pun unintended!

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