Anyway as you all know, I strongly recommend writers have critique groups/critique partners. I do want to make that point again, as we start to go through slush again. Something I haven't mentioned here, however, is: getting critique is tough. I fully admit that. It's tough having someone say 'this passage doesn't make sense to me' or 'your protagonist isn't effective here' or whatever. The expression "kill your darlings" didn't arise out of a vacuum. Sometimes an author's favorite bit is the part that doesn't work.
The question an author has to ask is: Does my critique partner want me to succeed as an author? Or does he/she have their own agenda? If your partner doesn't want you to succeed, you should dump him/her. No question. If your partner has your best interests at heart, however, maybe you need to grow a thicker skin. As literary agent Nathan Bransford said this week on his blog Every Writer Gets Rejected. And it's not once, it's dozens and dozens of times!
Being a writer is tough. No doubt about it.
But if you don't keep writing and trying to get better, you can't succeed/continue to succeed, right?
What do you think?