Her Stinging Critiques Propel Young Adult Best Sellers - NYTimes.com

The first day, I rage all day. The second day, the tears set in, and I say she’s right, and I’m a terrible writer. The third day I say I’m not a terrible writer, but I can’t write this book. The fourth day, I get to work.

This is such a great meditation on getting notes on creative work. Especially the quote above. It always sucks. But the key is finding good, trusted folks to give it to you straight -- constructive criticism. Take time to grieve and wallow in the pain of being told it's not good enough, or wrong, and the prospect of more work. And then in the end, you either deal with it, or you don't. Don't take it personally. Get back to fucking work.

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