What is the best way to deal with criticism? This has been one of the most difficult questions for me to answer as a writer. I don’t want to let someone else’s critique of my work stifle my creativity. At the same time, I want to be able to hear and utilize constructive words of advice. How can I receive and apply useful criticism and avoid blocks at the same time?
When you ask someone else for a critical opinion, take suggestions for change only if they meet with an answering Yes! in your own mind. Otherwise, your critic will be taking you away from your own voice, your own vision. The best kind of critical suggestion is the one that causes you to think, Oh, I knew that! or That’s exactly right! Why didn’t I see it myself?