How to deal with criticism

Denial

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/5-ways-for-authors-to-handle-bad-reviews/

This is a pretty touchy-feely article on the interesting subject of how to take criticism.  Good if you want to use this as therapy.  However, if you choose to get your therapy elsewhere (e.g. bibliotherapy – try http://www.theschooloflife.com/shop/individual-bibliotherapy/) what are other ways writers can deal with reviews?

1.  Don’t read any of them.  Just ignore them.  Your script editor / book editor / agent / beta reader / higher consciousness will tell you what you need to know.

2.  Choose one person to read them all and tell you the right things at the right time: the good things immediately, and the bad things when you’re clearly strong enough to take it.

3.  Read everything yourself, and career madly from elation to self-loathing before eventually arriving at an equilibrium.

4.  Read everything yourself and believe only the good things.  Carry a pin to deflate your head if you encounter any narrow doorways.

5.  Read everything yourself and believe only the negative things.  Not recommended.

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