Do you read reviews? Even the bad ones?
Especially the bad ones!
If, as a writer, you can read an in-depth negative review of your work that lays out how the writing or story failed the reader and conclude that you wouldn’t change a single one of those things, I think that’s encouraging. That’s your voice – and you need to listen to your own voice and honor it.
And for every reader who hates what I do and lists the reasons why, there’s another who loves me for the exact same list of reasons. Reading is subjective, thank goodness!
Of course, there are bad reviews that are somewhat less inspiring, and we all have fragile days, but still. I think it’s all part of the fun.