Just a wee love note to the entrants of our Mystery Contest. Because, yanno, Ms. Svetcov didn't mince her words.
Fact is, lots of people in this business won't mince their words. If it's something you're not used to, it's time to get used to it.
It doesn't mean you suck.
It doesn't mean you should give up.
It doesn't mean the universe is ending.
What it means is: Some people won't mince their words. That is all. You may be expecting something other than what you receive. You may feel stunned or numb or flabbergasted when you read someone's response to your work--especially if that "someone" is an agent or editor with whom you were hoping to find some level of favor.
Welcome to the World of Showing People What You've Written.
It's not fun. It's not something that most of us can get used to overnight. But the Thick Skin is an important part of our journey, so if you haven't started growing yours yet, now's the time.
Rest assured that I will never allow trolls or snarky readers or embittered writers to publicly tear you apart. I will continue to do everything in my power to keep this a safe environment for you to continue to grow in. But I don't have a big magenta eraser for editing less-than-tactful critiques and comments. I may not like them, but they are a reality for us as writers.
We need to reel them in with the rest of the fish, and cast them away if they don't serve a purpose.
Interestingly, often they do serve a purpose--if only to teach us to rise above our emotions and keep pressing on.
So there you have it. I'm sorry if some of you felt the sting. But I'm not sorry for this wonderful opportunity for you to gather your wits about you and PUSH VALIANTLY FORWARD. Because that's what I want you to do.
Okay? This is the life we've chosen. It's not all daisies and fluff-ponies. But we're in this together, and I AM ON YOUR TEAM.