(This is not about this forum, but rather a local writing group.) What does it mean to be sacred? Does it mean that something is automatically deserving of respect, regardless of conditions? Does it mean that something should never be altered? Obviously, that which is sacred should be venerated. For that matter, what does it mean to venerate something? What, specifically does that mean that you do? One of the most common phenomena that I have noticed in the creative world is that aspiring creatives of all kinds hold accomplished artists to be sacred. It seems as though many of them hang off of every word, granting ultimate authority to those artists who are willing judge their works. When a published writer says something about an aspiring writer's work, is that aspiring writer likely to make those changes? Absolutely. I'm frustrated with the profusion of "cred," and I don't like the fact that people sometimes weigh the merits of a critique on the merits of the critic. When someone critiques your work, the first question you should ask yourself is this: "Do I agree?" If you don't agree, don't let that person's authority sway you. The opposite should also be true. I've been known to take the critical advice of people that I outright despise. Why? Because if I agree with them, I agree with them. I don't know. Maybe I'm just venting. Am I out of line here?