as a writer Criticism, both the constructive and unwarranted kind, are just a something that can and will happen.
When your writing a novel that you want to set out into the world you are going to have to accept. It will happen, a lot.
And sure it probably will hurt, and make you mad. But you just have to look at what they say and take what you can use out of what they say to make your writing better. And on the stuff you can’t use, just set it aside.
Sure its not good for my anxiety and really doesn’t help my depression. But I knew it was bound to happen when you show people your work.
And so you just save the good, use the constructive, and ignore the unwarranted.
There is nothing I can do about the mean-spirited and unwarranted comments, engaging would just be petty.
But its never going to go away, and I’m not going to say that it will stop affect you after a while because it sure didn’t for me.
Maybe for some people it does.
I’m even going to pay people to criticism my work by sending my book to a professional editor. Not to mention giving it to Beta readers who will read it, review it, and point out my mistakes.
So Really to me its about knowing that its about its going to happen, that it will be judged by some and found lacking. Hopefully thought it will also be liked and maybe even loved by some.
I know that I will never be 100% ready for when the reviews start coming in, or on what the Beta reviewers will say. And all I can do is hold my breath and wait for it to see what they will say.
That’s all I really can do. But will see when the time comes.