How do you deal with it when you read the results of months of effort (your own writing) and think, "Wow, this really sucks."? Then again, how do we know, really? I've read people who think they are gods gift to print, but couldn't write their way out of a wet paper bag. I've read people who think they are terrible, but their words are beautiful and an inspiration. Are we truly capable of objective self-criticism? I just reread a key chapter from a manuscript I worked on a few months ago, and it's spectacularly bad. I'm at a loss to imagine how I could have ever written anything that boring and flat. Was I asleep when I wrote it? Do we need to ignore our internal critic? Or embrace the hate? And either way do we keep writing, whether we think it sucks or not? How to deal with hating your own writing? ARGH.