Do you want help or not? I'm venting. Yep. Deal with it. Or, don't read this post. When I take the time to give an honest critique (one that was asked for) and someone else comes along and says the writing was fine, it's just a matter of taste, (and by the way, that member said the writing was monotonous and not to his taste ), and the person who asked for advice turns on me for insulting his/her writing, well fuck. When you tell a writer who is in the process of learning their craft that their writing is fine, nothing wrong, you're not doing the person any favors. Your mother can tell you your writing is great. Here, one should be open to learning, not looking for back-pats. It does no one any favors to say anything and everything goes, to say one need not apply any rules ever because there are always exceptions to every rule, to say telling is fine/exposition is fine, even when it isn't ... that's not helpful, to anyone. If you can't tell someone that their work is imperfect, then refrain from posting because when you tell someone that something which isn't good, is, you're doing harm. If you don't want to hear that your writing is not the perfect, just-needs-a-little-tweaking, jewel that you believe it is, do us a favor and note that in your OP. My critique group picks my stuff apart every two weeks. When I go to the meeting with my wonderful, polished six pages (because I am writing well most of the time now), I don't need them to remind me that my writing is good, I need them to tell me what I can do to make it better. I don't come back from the meeting deflated. I come back and carefully consider how I can incorporate their criticisms and improve. And then, often, I have some great eureka moment and think the changes I made make the piece even better. This week they said one of my characters was too much like a typical teen. But that's what that character was supposed to be. Then it came to me, there were things I could do to make the character still be a typical teen, but be one that fit the setting she was in which I hadn't done. If I'd gone away all deflated thinking, what's wrong with my character, she's who she is supposed to be, how would I have improved? Instead I listened to what they were saying and then it made sense. I'm a writer in the making, I'm not offended by anyone telling me what I could do to improve. I don't need anyone to pat me on the back and say how wonderful my writing is. There's a difference between being rude and giving tough-love feedback. OK that's it. I'm done venting.