Being a writer requires a thick skin.
I have heard this phrase repeated time and time again, but I didn’t fully understand it until I started showing my writing to others. It took me several months to build enough confidence to share a short story with a few friends and family members, and another month to work myself up to sharing my work with other writers (mainly creative writing classmates). Since sharing my work, I have received varying degrees of feedback. I’ve heard everything from gushing praise to hard-to-handle criticism. Despite the ups and downs, the process of being critiqued (and giving critiques) has given me a much better understanding of what makes a useful critique.