And I don't even know how to handle it. Let me explain what I am talking about. I know a woman who is a professional editor and I can handle critique (already received a lot of it and made many changes to my novel and the things that sucked about it). She read the first chapter of my novel and gave me a lot of good critique, all of which I will be incorporating to my novel. She makes very good points, but . . . At the end of the critique, she said,"That was an okay first draft." I almost started crying when she said that because I've re-written every chapter of this novel at least 20 times. I've worked my butt off on it and it still reads like a first draft. I don't expect it to be perfect, but I didn't expect it to read like a first draft. I study writing as much as I can. Listen to advice and take people's critiques and my novel still reads like a first draft? OMG! A part of me just wants to quit writing entirely now. I know I'm probably not going to anyway because I'm addicted to it like its made of crack. but still, that was awful! Maybe you'll make fun of me for getting upset at that part, but you need to understand I didn't get upset by: - Her saying that my characters were boring - That you couldn't tell where the location of my novel was - That I need to cut out the short explanation I have in it entirely - Basically that I need to scrap this chapter and re-write it I don't mind having to change it. It just makes me feel retarded for something I re-wrote a million times to read like a first draft.