One of my favorite bloggers on writing and the publishing industry, literary agent Nathan Bransford, recently made an excellent post about dealing with criticism. Excellent reading for any and all aspiring writers.
Confronting a critique or criticism need not be a gut-wrenching trial. It can, and should, be a valuable learning experience.
One of the first and most difficult hurdles on the road to publication is learning to cope with criticism. Yet you must. No matter how good you think you are, criticism is inevitable. It is also vital to your growth as a writer. The ability to solicit critiques knowing they will poke holes in your work, and to then listen to said critiques objectively and with an open mind, is one of the things that separates writers from people who want to write.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If you want to write for publication, don’t wait for perfection. Put your work in front of people, and do it now. You’ll be a better writer for it.