This story is one that I wrote last year, just as a way to get into short stories, basically a retelling of a fairy tale. I struggled with it at the time, and a friend who is a prolific short story writer critiqued it for me the first time around.
I just seem to have this mental block when it comes to critiquing. When I read it, instead of seeing positive changes that could be made, I read it as someone trying to point out my faults.
It has taken me a while, but I now understand where that is coming from. When I was younger, if I got good marks in an assignment or exam, my father, instead of saying “Well done!” would say – so why didn’t you get full marks. (I did on an assignment once, and to this day he has never said good work!).
I know that my fellow writers aren’t my father, and they aren’t deliberately trying to bait me in any way, but it still stings that I just can’t seem to pull it off on the first go.
I have since had the story critiqued again, and while there were some positive changes, there were still points that needed working. And now, when I look at critiques, I try to focus on the parts where comments haven’t been made, because obviously those parts are alright!
On Friday, I posted up In the Clouds, my Friday Fiction and Cloud writing challenge. Check it out here.