Okay, so I sent a trusted friend of mine what I had so far for my Sci-Fi short story entry. I normally don't ask people to critique my work so maybe I'm just overreacting to what he said, but the 'advice' he gave me was very hurtful and I don't know what I should do/think? I'm crushed because I trusted him. I've known him for over ten years and he's always been honest with me. He's also an avid reader and even has a Masters in English, so it's not like he doesn't know what he's talking about. He basically said that it sounds like I'm "trying too hard to write well" and that he got the impression I was "constantly trying to dress up my writing instead of actually just writing well". He also said that my style was distracting him from the story. His 'advice' is that I stop writing the way I do and just completely change the way I write. Obviously not his exact words, but the message that I got. I know that I'm supposed to have a tough skin. I was prepared for constructive criticism, but I feel like he basically told me I can't write at all and that all the work I've done so far to get to where I'm at now (skill level wise) was a waste of time. ---- Sorry for the crybaby novel. What I'm trying to ask is how would you react/take his advice?