Hope you don't all feel like the folks in the cartoon when I'm reading:)
My favourite quote from her article:
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” (Aristotle)
Susan's 4 main ways to make the most of critique groups:
1. Sometimes it’s hard to hold onto yourself in the face of greatness. Or, it’s OK to disagree with someone who is famous and successful.
2. Be discerning. Keep in mind the source of each comment and weigh the feedback accordingly on feedback like:
“Have you thought about killing off Uncle Jack instead of Aunt Sally?”
3. Learn to handle conflicting advice. LIfe lesson.
4. Cultivate humility. Really!
Well I'm not sure I agree with ALL of Susan Cushman's pointers. I'd be apt to change #4 to:
Before the group begins to hack away at your 'baby' with a chainsaw . . .
. . .imagine you are on an airplane going through severe turbulence and you must listen catlike to each & every sound that might indicate impending disaster or the glimmer of a future safe landing. Oh, and don't forget to grab the glass of (wine or scotch or whatever) sitting next to you and down it in one gulp first:)
To check out Cashman's full article please click here.
Wishing one & all a fabulous weekend of living the blog motto:
Sleep. Play. Create.
(& imagine smiling with every breath)