I'm new here and I just need to vent. I wanted to know if anyone else has ever gone through this before. I am studying creative writing in university and so far so good. I made all A's in writing and even had some work published (and no, NOT in the school newsletter - in REAL publications ). However, this semester I have had such a WITCH for an instructor. Every time she grades my work, the mark is lousy and the feedback is beyond harsh. So then I started thinking, maybe she's right. Maybe all my other instructors were just being polite and she's the only one who's being honest with me. Maybe I DO suck (not that she says it in those words, but pretty much that's what her point is). Maybe I am just deluded. My self-esteem has taken such a bashing this semester and I'm at the point where I am contemplating quitting writing. I don't know what to do to haul up my confidence again. Every time I start to write something, I can hear her nasty comments in the back of my mind and I'm paralyzed. Nothing like this has ever happened to me before. Has anyone gone through something like this? Maybe even having to deal with an overly harsh critter would be a similar experience. How did you overcome it and keep going?