One of the harder lessons to learn for me as a writer was that you cannot have an ego and be a writer. You have to be able to take those critiques, no matter how harsh. It is, after all, the reader’s opinion that leads to sales, not your opinion of your own work. Besides, they generally have some pretty good ideas. Hell, if they don’t then maybe you should question your choice of target audience!
So a friend just critiqued “The Think Tank” for me, and yeah, he hit on some good points; enough to justify a rewrite. I will be taking it down for the treatment shortly as a result. I did find myself becoming defensive, which I had to stop. You can’t do that. If a reader says something is unclear (or a few somethings, like major plot points!), you can’t just ignore that or argue with it. Suck it up, grow a pair, and un-f*ck the situation. Otherwise you’re just writing for yourself, and who sits around reading their own work?
People with big egos and no income, that’s who!