My breath caught in my throat and heat crawled across my cheeks as I read the reviewer’s words that expressed her displeasure after reading one of my novels. How could she write such things? Didn’t she realize the struggle and tears that went into meeting that deadline? Of course not. Readers aren't aware of life's challenges we're juggling while writing novels.
With her words echoing inside my head, I emailed my writing support team—agent, editor, and two mentors—asking if her words were true. After being assured I hadn't failed as a writer—and advised again not to read reviews—I reread her review again. This time, though, I gleaned some wisdom from her words.