Hello Captain, Two years ago, a friend paid me to critique her novel because I studied writing and know the publishing industry. I agreed to read three drafts of the work. We did not sign a formal contract. Then I got the manuscript, and it’s terrible on all levels, from prose to plot. I’ve tried … Continue reading #1178: “A friend paid me to read her book and it’s terrible.”
Dear Captain Awkward, I'm a writer (currently unpublished, but that's only a matter of time!) and I'm having difficulty processing some recent, very specific feedback about my work. Two of my short stories have received similar responses from two separate sources (one response per story). The first was that the writing had become a little … Continue reading #777: “Help me process some writing feedback.” Challenge accepted!
Dear Captain, I have always been way too sensitive to criticism. In high school we had an assignment where we had to ask our loved ones what they thought our best and worst personality traits were, and EVERYONE told me that I take things too personally. I terrified of looking dumb in front of anyone, … Continue reading #597: How do I learn to take criticism better?