So, this happened recently...
"Im never really prone to writing reveiws but this was my second book on my new kindle. Lacked any imagination at all and was about one rich girl in the US and one poorer one. you could see the plot a mile off. Turn up to lovely house provided by stepfather... then find two young men there.. and yes, in their 20s tops off - all decide to stay there... i ended up just flicking page after page to see if the pair that they put together actually get there. So turned off the kindle and deleted it. Had no storyline at all. Really for airhead types. Had promise though, but after about one chapter i realised it wasnt going to be that interesting. I couldnt even read it on a beach it was that bad."
Any artist can tell you that you can't please everyone, but that doesn't mean it doesn't hurt when something like the above happens. I felt horrible about it for a full ten minutes, and then I decided to move on and focus on the other positive reviews.
And then I felt bad about it again.
Why is it so hard to get over criticism? I know that not everyone is going to like my books, and I'm okay with that. However, it's different when someone dislikes your work SO much that they feel compelled to write a nasty review (and even say that they don't normally write reviews)!
One reason why this stings me so much is because I try hard to take what my "fans" have said and apply it to my future work. A few people have left comments on my blog, or tweeted me, with some constructive criticism. I also read the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads and use the comments to help make my work better. I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to take from the review above.
Honestly, I feel better now that I've talked to you about it. I am resolved to move past this. I will not dwell on it. I will not dwell on it. I will not dwell on it.
Maybe if I keep repeating it to myself, I'll actually start living it.