Criticism, in all its forms is something everyone must endure. For those who create anything, dealing with criticism is part of the job description. Sometimes criticism acts as the perfect tool to fine tune one’s creation. Other times it acts as a poison eating at the mind of the creator.
My questions are…
How well do you take criticism?
What do you do with the information after you’ve received said criticism?
Do you bend to every suggestion? Do you stand indignant to those questioning your artistic vision? Something in the middle?
Is your way of dealing with criticism actually beneficial to you or your project?
And before anyone asks, I’m not writing this with tears falling into my keyboard after a rough critique session. I’ve actually been working with some great local authors whose criticism has been so constructive and positive that I’ve been able to replace the weak wooden supports of my stories with iron girders. Thanks to those who’ve been so helpful in ripping my work apart so I can build it back stronger.