Being Critical of Critique

To offer a critique does not require one to be critical.

This c-word sends shudders down the spine of all creators, conjuring an image of a knife stabbing through the heart of your work and adding a few twists just to make sure it is truly dead. One can never be too sure.

But to be critical does not necessarily mean just disapproving judgements but rather, an analysis of a piece of work to comment on its merits and faults so that people can see its elements and better understand it. Thus, a critique is not about tearing a piece of work apart but rather building it again part by part.

And the reason why we are all so afraid of critique, ableit our fears misplaced, is because everything we do is a part of us, and the greater you love it, the greater you fear losing it to others.

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