What was your favorite thing?
I donâ€™t expect everyone to like everything I write. Heck, I donâ€™t like everything I write. The problem comes when you canâ€™t quite figure out whatâ€™s wrong or worse when the person for whom you are writing just doesnâ€™t like it.
The trick to fixing it is to figure out whatâ€™s gone wrong. Is it the grammar? Is it the fact? Is it the set up of the document? Sometimes the person (or you) wonâ€™t quite know. Sometimes theyâ€™ll say itâ€™s â€œjust bad.â€ Donâ€™t get discouraged. It may not be true. A different person might think itâ€™s great as it is. Thatâ€™s really irrelevant when faced with needing to make this one particular person happy.
This is when I reach back to a game my mom used to play with us after every trip to a museum, circus, movies, zoo, or grandmaâ€™s house. It goes like this â€“ everyone goes around the room and says what their â€œfavoriteâ€ thing was.
In the case of writing, I try to draw out of people at least three things that they like about the piece. Usually, there are at least a few things. Often, you will find there are actually many things. If not, at least you will a little direction for the revisions.
This works when you are working for yourself too. Once youâ€™re finished, as you read what you wrote, note to yourself what is good. This lets you build off your strengths rather than attacking your weaknesses.