As an author, criticism comes along with the job description. Good, bad, useful, useless, all sorts of criticism is given. I'm not going to lie, criticism kind of makes me lose motivation to write even if I even enjoy the story. Once that motivation is gone, it's practically impossible to regain which leads to a lot of original fictions being left unfinished/dropped regardless of the number of people that enjoy the fiction. The common answers are 'to toughen up', or 'to disregard it', but in all honesty, it's not that simple for most people. My question to you guys, is how do you deal with criticism? This question has been bugging me ever since I dropped my very first fiction I wrote because of my inability to handle criticism. After a few years, I have realized that I am running out of novels that I enjoy and I want to start writing stories in my own vision. To be honest I'm kind of scared... my first fiction was fairly popular gaining over 600 thousand views, but I dropped it because of my own incompetence. I don't want that to happen again. Before I fully commit to starting something, I need to know if I can stand strong against the fact that I'm only human and I WILL make mistakes.