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A Writer's Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

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chapter 16COMBAT CRITICISM, SEEK CRITIQUE

“It’s easy to attack and destroy an act of creation. It’s a lot more difficult to perform one.”

—CHUCK PALAHNIUK

Writers are exquisitely sensitive creatures, tuned in to the tiniest shifts in the environment around them and the widest spectrum of emotion. Writers are people with The Big Array of antennae—open to and thin-skinned against the world and its weightiness. Negativity—especially the doubt, fear, and self-loathing that writers feel after receiving criticism—sinks and pulls with a powerful gravity. In order to handle the feedback that will make you a better writer (and toughen your skin along the way), it’s helpful to hold a couple of things in mind when criticism rolls in. Specifically, the answers ...

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