Despite cutting my teeth writing for a daily newspaper, where critiques are often brief and harshly worded, I still react a tad poorly to editorial suggestions. First, I rant and rave; then I feel a little depressed that my writing wasn’t up to par; and finally, I sulk and eat an inordinate amount of snacks. I allow myself to go through that process because it gives me the much-needed time and space to get over the initial shock of being told that the thing I worked so hard on isn’t perfect. Of course it isn’t. It never is.
In some form or another, I’ve been a writer for more than 20 years. And in that time, I’d like to think I’ve learned a thing or three about the craft, art, and (often frustrating) process of writing. And one of the things I’ve learned is how to cope with, and benefit from, criticism. Read more of Theresa MacPhail’s article on Vitae. Photo by Jeffrey James Pancres.