RTW: Now With Psych Gifs!

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

We’d love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link — or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments.

This Week’s Topic:

What kind of writing coach do you need? When you have to coach friends, what kind of coach are you

I’d have to say that I need a coach who is supportive, yet critical. So when I say this:

They say to me:

I’ve been so lucky to have some great writing mentors. Sometimes, when they are especially harsh brutal honest, I don’t want to listen to it anymore!

But after time, I’ll calm down and see the wisdom of their comments. I know that my mentors know more about writing than me and can see things I can’t. They’ve helped my writing grow so much, and I wouldn’t be half the writer I am without each of them. So, I want to give them all a big Thank You:

And that’s the kind of mentor I strive to be! Someone who is honest, yet never cruel. Who points out the strengths in a piece as well as the weaknesses. My mentors are always there to cheer me on. They take joy in my success.

I hope to be the same!

What about you? Do you like the cheerleader, who only has positive notes? Or the lieutenant, who calls you a maggot and demands 12k words a day? Or maybe someone more in the middle?


16 thoughts on “RTW: Now With Psych Gifs!

    • Kris Atkins says:

      I don’t want to be slapped in the face, but there have been times when a critique originally felt like that, and then it turned out to be the best thing anyone could’ve said. So… figurative slaps are welcome!

  1. Kirsten Lopresti says:

    I mostly just care that a critique is thoughtful and honest. I like it to be positive, of course, but I understand it can’t always be. When I critique, I usually try to think of something I like. It’s rare that I can’t find something.

  2. Tracey Neithercott says:

    Hehe…love the gifs. I’m a bit addicted to looking at gifs actually. :)

    I want one who will be honest and not sugar-coat anything for me, but one who is kind enough that I want to fist pump a million times like they’re doing in that last image.

  3. Kristin Laughtin says:

    Having a cheerleader isn’t going to help me make my writing better! Thus I want people who can be harsh but fair and will end with some positive notes so I don’t feel completely dejected.

    Man, I love gifs.

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