Throwback Thursday: When to Ignore Negative Feedback

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Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of AWP’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

by Tonya R. Moore

I think we call all agree that getting feedback on our writing is very important. Most of the time—whether it’s positive or negative, feedback serves to encourage or help us grow.

We can learn a lot from negative feedback but this isn’t always the case.

Sometimes it makes more sense to simply ignore negative feedback.

Here are three examples of instances in which we really need to just ignore negative feedback:

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“The Reason You’re Alive: A Novel” by Matthew Quick


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“The Reason You’re Alive: A Novel

Genre: Dark Humor/Self-Help & Psychology/American

Release Date: July 4, 2017

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook offers a timely novel featuring his most fascinating character yet, a Vietnam vet embarking on a quixotic crusade to track down his nemesis from the war.

After sixty-eight-year-old David Granger crashes his BMW, medical tests reveal a brain tumor that he readily attributes to his wartime Agent Orange exposure. He wakes up from surgery repeating a name no one in his civilian life has ever heard—that of a Native American soldier whom he was once ordered to discipline. David decides to return something precious he long ago stole from the man he now calls Clayton Fire Bear. It may be the only way to find closure in a world increasingly at odds with the one he served to protect. It may also help him to finally recover from his wife’s untimely demise.

As David confronts his past to salvage his present, a poignant portrait emerges that of an opinionated and good-hearted American patriot fighting like hell to stay true to his red, white, and blue heart, even as the country he loves rapidly changes in ways he doesn’t always like or understands. Hanging in the balance are Granger’s distant art-dealing son, Hank; his adoring seven-year-old granddaughter, Ella; and his best friend, Sue, a Vietnamese American who respects David’s fearless sincerity.

Through the controversial, wrenching, and wildly honest David Granger, Matthew Quick offers a no-nonsense but ultimately hopeful view of America’s polarized psyche. By turns irascible and hilarious, insightful and inconvenient, David is a complex, wounded, honorable, and loving man. The Reason You’re Alive examines how the secrets and debts we carry from our past define us; it also challenges us to look beyond our own prejudices and search for the good in us all.


Matthew Quick is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which was made into an Oscar-winning film. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, among other accolades. Matthew lives with his wife on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

http://www.matthewquickwriter.com

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“Nicotine: A Novel” by Nell Zink


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“Nicotine: A Novel

Genre: Humor & Satire/Coming of Age

Release Date: October 4, 2016

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One of Huffington Post’s 20 Fall 2016 Books You’ll Need for Your Bookshelf

Featured in New York Magazine’s Fall 2016 Preview

An Entertainment Weekly Fall 2016 Must-Read

Featured in LitHub’s 2016 Bookseller’s Fall Preview

Featured in The Guardian‘s Fall 2016 Books Preview: The Best American Writing

From the “wonderfully talented” (Dwight Garner, New York Times) author of Mislaid and The Wallcreeper comes a fierce and audaciously funny new novel, dazzling in its energy and ambition: a story of obsession, idealism, and ownership, centered around a young woman who inherits her bohemian father’s childhood home.

Recent business school graduate Penny Baker has rebelled against her family her whole life-by being the conventional one. Her mother, Amalia, was a member of an Amazonian tribe called the Kogi; her much older father, Norm, long ago attained cult-like deity status among a certain group of aging hippies while operating a ‘healing center’ in New Jersey. And she’s never felt particularly close to her much-older half-brothers from Norm’s previous marriage-one wickedly charming and obscenely rich (but mostly just wicked), one a photographer on a distant tropical island.

But all that changes when her father dies, and Penny inherits his childhood home in New Jersey. She goes to investigate the property and finds it not overgrown and abandoned, but rather occupied by a group of friendly anarchist squatters whom she finds unexpectedly charming, and who have renamed the property Nicotine House. The residents of Nicotine House (defenders of smokers’ rights) possess the type of passion and fervor Penny feels she’s desperately lacking, and the other squatter houses in the neighborhood provide a sense of community Penny’s never felt before, and she soon moves into a nearby residence, becoming enmeshed in the political fervor and commitment of her fellow squatters.

As the Baker family’s lives begin to converge around the fate of the Nicotine House, Penny grows ever bolder and more desperate to protect it-and its residents-until a fateful night when a reckless confrontation between her old family and her new one changes everything.


Nell Zink has worked in the construction, pharmaceutical, and software industries, and is now a translator living in Germany. As a writer, Zink founded an indie rock fanzine in the ’90s, and published short pieces in a variety of outlets. She is the author of the novels The Wallcreeper and Mislaid.

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“Yours for the Taking” by Danielle Stewart

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“Yours for the Taking

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Mystery/Suspense

Release Date: June 14, 2017

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Jenny Collins is convinced she’s more likely to find Bigfoot in the middle of downtown Boston then have a decent date. Her days are spent drudging away in a male dominated career where the best she can do is apologize for existing as she inches her way up the ladder. Just as she’s about to throw in the towel, a chance encounter with a captivating stranger has her hopeful that excitement is right around the corner.


Danielle Stewart is a USA Today Best Selling Author of over twenty books. Her series include The Piper Anderson Series, The Edenville Series, The Clover Series, The Piper Anderson Legacy Mystery Series, The Rough Waters Series & The Barrington Billionaire’s Series. She has had more the 2.5 million books downloaded and held the number one book rank on iBooks, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Danielle currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and six-year-old son. She works hard to perfect the ability to write in a noisy house and create story lines while folding laundry. She loves hearing from readers so please find her on social media!

Ten Things to know about Danielle Stewart:

1. I have a fear of whales. All whales. The noise they make. The sight of them (even on tv). I don’t think this phobia has a name and I’ve never met anyone else who feels this way. I blame it on the 3D movie when I was 7 at the Boston Museum of Science. (Thanks, Dad.)

2. When I get hungry it brings out the worst in me. My friends and family know to keep me well fed. They pack snacks now.

3. I can cook but not bake. Not even a little. Not even a box of brownies.

4. If there is a song I like it is normal to hear me listening to it a hundred times (give or take) in a row.

5. I do not, under any circumstances, read directions. Who has time for that? Making mac & cheese by the seat of my pants for the last 25 years.

6. Like a black-out drunk, I have lost hours of my life mysteriously to Pinterest. If you haven’t tried it yet… don’t. Save your self.

7. Before I became a mother, lots of things grossed me out. Now nothing does.

8. My favorite food is food… my least favorite food is no food. I love food. (apply the same rule to wine)

9. I do not have a green thumb. I have the kind of thumb that kills any type of plant ever given to me. Whatever kind of thumb that is… I have it.

10. Writing has changed my life. Not just the career it’s created but the way I feel when I write. If you have something you love to do I hope you get the opportunity to do it.

“A Criminal Mind: (A Cooper and White Mystery Book 4)” by Julia Derek

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“A Criminal Mind: A suspenseful psychological thriller that keeps you guessing until the end (A Cooper and White Mystery Book 4)

Release Date: July 14, 2017

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Rose Nichols’s husband Mark is shot to death while walking the dog one night. When Rose learns what’s happened, she’s shocked but not sad. Mark used to beat her so much that she started drinking as a coping mechanism for their fractured marriage.

Detectives Cooper and White are put on the case. Cooper believes Rose is behind her husband’s death, while White suspects it was the privileged assistant general manager at the health club Mark managed.

The deeper they get into the investigation, the more complex it becomes and the stranger Rose acts. Her erratic behavior makes her seem so guilty even White agrees she must be the perp. Unfortunately, no hard evidence points to her, only at the assistant GM. Cooper and White are at a loss—who killed Mark?

NOTE: A CRIMINAL MIND is a stand-alone murder mystery with no explicit sex and little violence. If you’re a fan of Rachel Abbott, Agatha Christie, and Toby Neal, you will likely enjoy it.


Julia Derek grew up in Sweden but always knew she was meant to live in America, more specifically, in New York City. A lover of mystery, thrillers, and suspense, she has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. When she doesn’t write or read, she spends her time whipping people into shape as a fitness trainer. She is the author of the GIRL UNDERCOVER serial – THE ADLER CONSPIRACY and DUPLICITY (FREE prequel to the serial) and the Meta-Human Series that include THE CRUCIFIER, THE JOKER, and THE TRAITOR. Be sure to check out her psychological thriller THE DIARY and her YA thriller THE SMILEY KILLER. Her latest releases include the cozy mystery HAUNTED HARDBODIES series and the crime thrillers SINS OF THE PAST and DEADLY DREAMS. Last, check out her popular historical crime thriller BLOOD EAGLE.

Julia loves to hear from her readers. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter or by visiting her website: http://www.JuliaDerek.com. Join her mailing list by copy/pasting this into your browser: http://eepurl.com/bEyamb.

To our dear Mothers!

VERY nice idea from a sister blogger! Check out her project and get photos in to her THIS WEEK! 😉

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Hi dear fellow bloggers and friends! Sharing a little thought with you all here. 🙂

I’m working on a video on the greatness of our dear mothers. And I have decided to use a little thing. The collage/slide show of mothers with their children. Interested bloggers/non bloggers can mail me their pictures with their mothers ( even childhood pictures will do) and I will add them on the video that I’ll upload on my youtube channel and here on my blog as well.

Also write your name on the picture!

We don’t particularly need Mother’s Day to celebrate her greatness, do we? Let’s try and make this happen!

My email id : sweetsymphony8@gmail.com

Ps: Ignore if you find this childish. These days, I’m acting a bit like a child. 😛

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Wacky Wednesday!


It’s all in the family cuz’ Family Matters! (Did you see what I just did there … cuz’ ‘Family Matters’ is the title of my next book, get it?) Oh, whatever! Enjoy the laughs! Smiley

 

 


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