For Tuesday, May 9, 2017:
As a writing teacher, it is my experience that if I praise a student’s strengths, the weaknesses eventually fall away. If I focus on the weakness, the strengths, too, may wobble and even vanish. Just as we would not give over a valuable young horse to just anybody to train, we must not give over our work to just anybody to critique …
An amateur reader can give very valid feedback. (Remember the word ‘amateur’ comes from the verb ‘amare,’ to love.) What you want to find in a reader is someone who loves to read and is friendly to the idea of your developing as a writer.