Question to my fellow writers:
You get a terrible, long, unkind review on one of your stories that basically tears it, and your ability to construct a decent story, to pieces. Saddened, you accept it as your lot in life as a writer, because you can’t please everybody, and not everyone is going to like what you do, and do your best to soldier on, etc. etc., only you find yourself remembering every word about how absolutely shitty you are as a writer every time you open a new word document and try to write something new. Anything new. In fact, you feel your desire to write at all slowly withering into a husk of twisted, dried out dreams and dust bunnies. You stop writing. You fall into despair. You decide to pick up a new hobby – probably Sudoku. You’re terrible at it, because you’re terrible with numbers. You used to do word searches, but now words, which used to be your friends, have turned into taunting, cruel reminders of how shitty you are as a writer and a human being. You go back to Sudoku. You’re still awful at it.
Do you delete the comment and forget it ever happened, or do you leave it there as a silent and accusing reminder of how shitty you are?