Last week I mentioned that I had to submit a writing sample. I struggled with the sample mainly because I was writing in a different style. It’s a style that I’m not used to. It felt uncomfortable. I kept trying different approaches but still was unhappy. I imagine I added to the problem by not relaxing.
A few days later the website owner contacted me about my writing sample. He said it lacked the “punch” he was looking for (think New York Style Times) more; however, he told me he wasn’t impressed with my writing style.
It lacked punch; however, he still hired me. Why? He was impressed with the writing samples I submitted. He stated that we should always look for ways to enhance out abilities. I couldn’t agree more. How can I improve is a question I ask myself often. I don’t ever want to become complacent.
Admittedly, I was nervous about the story. I tend to be a perfectionist; however, after it was completed I was happy. My approach is usually straightforward however on the new website where I’ll be writing I need to add more flavor.
It’s something I can definitely do and I definitely see the benefits for using those techniques. However I’ll admit that I need practice in this area. Guess what? That’s hat’s exactly what I’ve been doing since I learned I received the job.
My first article was written the next day (this past Saturday.) Being open to change really helped me when I wrote that article. My first article made it to the first page of Google news, and a Mac website also picked up the story. I two days it received almost 2000 unique visitors for that one article. That’s not too shabby.
When a person gives you constructive criticism don’t take it personally. It might sting but guess what they are trying to help you. Quit being sensitive. Take their advice and figure out how you can improve. Your skills will improve. In my first day of writing,product reviews are my most scared projects, but now, I can handle almost any type of reviews with thorough research & high writing skills, even about complicated power tools, such as wood splitters (I wrote it here) & compressors (I wrote is here)
I know we’ve all had met a person that cannot take constructive criticism. They get too defensive and take the advice given personally. They refuse to change. Don’t be that person.