This week, I'm a guest blogger on the Narrow Street Films website, speaking about the art of taking criticism, something we all love to do.
Here are the first few paragraphs:
Learning to Listen to Criticism
“You weren’t very fair to Miriam,” the woman said, looking me straight in the face while her friends, arranged on the couch and surrounding chairs, made apologetic noises. “Julia was mean to her. After all, Miriam lost a son. She was grieving too.”
It was the afternoon and I was at a book club, surrounded by people who’d read Summer Shadows. It was a lovely summer afternoon and there was coffee and tea and cookies and pleasant chatter, but this particular reader would not be sated with such offerings. She had her opinion and wanted to deliver it. When one of her friends nudged her, this woman turned and said, “We can all sit here and tell her (meaning me) nice things, but that won’t help, will it?”
And she was right...
Read the rest of the article here!