I find critiques to be very helpful. The more I try and give critique the easier I find it to view my own writing "as if" it is another's. What has started to bother me is that I notice I tend to react to the same piece of writing in different ways depending on my mood. Even with my own writing, I regard something I've written as good one day and trash the next. I can at least say the stuff I write that I really like a lot never really looks bad, at worst it looks mediocre. From now on I have decided not to give my first reaction to a piece of writing. From now on I will read something and make a brief comment and then return to it at least a couple of times before giving more critique. Does anyone else notice their own fickle nature when reading someone else's, or your own, work?