I was wondering how others felt about critiquing. Oftentimes I find myself hesitant to point out major flaws for the fear of offending, or discouraging or ending up looking like a villain. I too get hurt by negative reviews, but in the long term I found that even the most irrelevant negative comment is useful in letting me know that another person didn't enjoy the writing. This helped me improve once I realised that the only important thing is to end up with a good story, not how many re-writes and hurt prides were necessary to get there. So, I was wondering, how honest are you in your critiques? Do you usually manage to get to the heart of the matter, or do you hesitate and skirt around the big criticisms? What are your pet peeves (critique faux pas such as re-writing another person's material, no reading carefully and missing the point etc)? Do you feel you are getting as much help from critiques as you hoped?