‘My mother said she would help me with my writing, but first I had to help myself.’

John Kaag:

Genuine criticism, the type that leaves an indelible mark on you as a writer, also leaves an existential imprint on you as a person. I’ve heard people say that a writer should never take criticism personally. I say that we should never listen to these people.

I don’t trust anyone who critiques my writing and doesn’t find stuff wrong with it.