Do you have any advice on how to take feedback without wanting to quit writing forever?

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  1. Penelope Trunk
    Penelope Trunk says:

    The life of a writer is writing stuff that doesn’t work and getting better from that. I have never felt like I’ve moved past that point. Other awful things about the life of a writer: It’s relentless, like cleaning a house. You do it and nothing changes because you have to do it again the next day. Also, the best writers give honest feedback so it feels like the best writers you know hate you but actually they are being good to you by taking the time to give feedback that matters.

    No writer ever feels like they are a great writer. So a writer must love the process, which is almost absurd since the process is so unlovable.

    Hm. I think maybe a writer needs to love words, and the feeling of having them roll off their head and into their fingers where they’re there to see. Like now. Like why do I even write here, in mailbag? Who knows. Except that I love the process of reading a question from you all and feeling the words bubble up in my head. I want to give the words a place to go.

    i hope this helps.

    Penelope

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