This year has been a huge, learning experience for me. I've grown, both in my writing and my attitude towards my writing. I kinda like my work a lot more. Even the work that isn't so great.
I've also learned to embrace critiques from others, especially if they are not about how to write my play (a rarity).
Actually, no. I've always embraced critiques, but for the wrong reasons. Mostly I took them all in because I lacked a certain level of confidence in my abilities. Everyone else knew what they were talking about and I'm just a dumb idiot no matter how many small successes I've had.
But that has also changed this year. I recognize and acknowledge (to myself and others) when I'm doing good work and thus can can parse out helpful critiques as opposed to taking it all in because, "they probably know better than I do." No. They don't, always. Sometimes, I know.
Which means I can also hear criticism and not be completely devestated about it or think I suck or should never write again because someone pointed out a flaw.
So, growth. It's good.
Here's my post that ran in San Francisco Theater Pub. <---thrilled about this!