Criticism

Some folks find criticism easier than praise and others find the latter a more comfortable response. Either extreme is fairly useless. When you put your work into the hands of a reader, make sure that reader is someone you trust to read your work fairly and critically. And don't give your work to a reader if you want only praise. Wait until you are ready for an honest appraisal.

On the other hand, you may feel as if you are not ready for others to see your work out of insecurity. Maybe you need to push yourself. Stop waiting for everything to be perfect and let someone else read your story. It may be the stroke you need to look at it again, and to see it differently. Eventually, most writers want to put their writing out in the world. Since you cannot accompany your story into the reader's consciousness, give it the favor of thorough looking-over, by yourself and by readers you trust.

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