Sometimes, it feels like they are telling you that your baby is ugly, or even that you shouldn't have had that baby in the first place, or even worse, cut that baby's arm off and replace it with a cyborg tentacle capable of pushing your OK WIP into a Best Seller. It hurts, it sucks, but generally, these people are trying to help.
Other times, their words are amazingly helpful. The Inkers have great capabilities and we see things all so differently that brainstorming helps end that writer's block.
Plus, even the bad critique's are better heard from someone who cares than someone who cares not. It is an easier pill to swallow coming from a friend.
Many times when I am critiquing someone's WIP, I think before I speak and I am trying to help them, so when they come back with defensive maneuvers it makes me not want to speak at all. If they know so much, why did they ask for my opinion?
(But there is the occasional time when we are having almost a debate and its fun to whip out ideas without much thought) hee hee
So, what can we do as the person receiving that critique? Here are some of my thoughts, share yours too.
- Listen, really listen without thinking up your defense.
- Take notes. Maybe when you reread them they you will see their point.
- Take it with a grain of salt.
- Realize these people are trying to help.
- And if all else fails, eat a brownie.