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We think this advice from Cristian Mihai is stellar. It addresses an element of the reader/writer relationship often neglected when processing criticism.
“The thing is that, okay, you write a story. But from the moment someone buys that story, it’s theirs. And they can understand as much or as little as they want/can. They can love it or hate it. But your job’s done. You can’t possibly expect to be there when someone reads your story and explain all the bits that they didn’t understand.”
(You can read Mihai’s full set of “Five Ways to Cope with a Bad Review” on his blog.
What do you think? Can you bring yourself to let the reader own your work?