How to accept criticism on your fiction writing

Thanks for visiting! This is an ongoing series with advice and ideas for fiction writers–especially those who are just finding their way. You can find links to the other posts in this series at the end of the post. Image credit: Pixabay How to accept criticism? "Graciously." There’s your answer, friend. We’re done here! Just kidding. There’s a lot to explore about this topic. Accepting criticism is one of the hardest things we have to do, as writers. It’s necessary and important, but when it doesn’t go well, it’s like someone telling you that you have an ugly baby. No one wants to hear that. In some ideal world, every piece of fiction you write is perfect and needs no editing. But you and I both know it never happens like that. So, if someone reads your story–a friend, family member or editor, for example–the last thing you are expecting to hear is “Don’t change a thing. It’s perfect. Send it off to The Atlantic !” Of course you don’t expect that. You know you need to edit and revise, and you want some honest feedback so you can make sure your story is the best it can be. […]

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