"Oh my gosh! I love your book. It is so perfect. Your main character is awesome! The love interest is so hot! I couldn't put it down!!! DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING!"
The best critique I ever got went something like this:
"I hate your main character--she whines all the time! And she is so stupid!!! How can she not see what is going on around her? And the bad guy is completely unbelievable because he has no motive. I want more action and less whining."
Let's face it. Without criticism, we cannot grow. I love my worst critique ever because every starting-out writer needs a cheerleader. But the amount of growth that comes from a gritty, honest critique is priceless!
Here's the honest truth (at least, this is how it happened for me and my agented friends):
An agent will sign you because he/she loves your book. But that agent will tear your plot/writing/everything to pieces to make it the best it can be!
So if you have cheerleaders instead of critters, keep them! They make writing worth it. But find some vocal critters and ask them to critique with their knives out! Ask for shreddage! Because how else will your manuscript grow?
Check out Elana's post for more on this subject.
Writing got you down? Need a little inspiration? Check out this post on the Query Tracker blog.
Tell me--what is the worst critique you ever got? And the best?