Proper criticism is a valuable thing. I don’t mean the vague hurtful comments that are often throw away remarks. I mean constructive comments coming from someone who has an interest in you and the subject, and is trying to make the result better.
But that doesn’t make it any easier to take, does it?
There are strategies you can use to get the benefits while minimising the pain. The key is really how you set yourself up. If you are careful whom you ask, and try to understand what they are saying, you are more likely to get positive results. Remember that you are very close to your writing, and it will help you to see how other people perceive it.
This post explains how.
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