Are you attracting trolls?
Mistakes writers make to accidentally add to the problem
Hi writing family. Kelly Eden here.
I’m feeling positive today. The sun is out and spring has arrived in New Zealand.
Also, I feel really positive about our online community of writers—you are fantastic people and I’m so glad I’ve got to know many of you!
I wish the online community in general were as positive. Unfortunately, we sometimes attract trolls when we write online.
One area that attracts a ton of trolls and unwanted advice givers is relationship writing.
Often when we write about our relationships: Love, parenting, divorce, our extended family, our dating experiences….
the trolls and “helpers” appear.
It might be a personal essay, or a service piece (remember those?).
But there are 3 ways we attract extra negativity and I want to help you avoid them:
Confusing the reader by not being clear about what it is we’re writing.
Writing about people in the wrong way
Creating evil villains
If you can avoid these, you’ll find the negativity cuts right back.
(for free here if you aren’t a Medium member yet).
Any questions about writing online, dealing with negative comments, writer’s block etc. feel free to ask in the comments!