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Ten top tips: Keeping your cool as a writer

Follow Liz Gregory’s tips to stop the stress of writing getting you hot under the collar

Summer’s finally on its way, and (hopefully) temperatures are on the rise. But writing can be a stressful business – here a few ways to make sure you keep your cool, both literally and metaphorically.

Respond positively to constructive criticism

Always a thorny issue this one – we know full well that if we want our work to be considered for publication or performance, we need to expose ourselves to the views of others. Even if we’re not aiming to be published, then advice from others is one of the very best ways to improve the standard of our writing. Trouble is, writing is such a personal business that it’s hard not to take it to heart if someone isn’t entirely complimentary about the project we have lovingly slaved over and feel as affronted as if someone had criticised a favourite child. If there is some truth in the criticism, and especially if it’s of the constructive, helpful kind, then it pays to listen. The trick is to remember that the comments relate to the piece of writing under discussion, not ourselves as individuals.

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