This is mostly for anyone who is into art, writing or music. When you create something new, do you invite criticism? I know everyone wants the things they create to be great, and to be loved. Everyone likes positive feedback. But if you don't outwardly express that you actually want honest feedback, and that criticism isn't going to hurt your feelings, I feel like it's difficult to get the kind of constructive feedback necessary to improve. Sometimes you have to toughen your skin, and accept that there's always room for improvement. Often I feel that the line between a simple difference of opinion, and what might be useful, critical feedback isn't easily discernible. I remember when I was trying to create my own card/board game I was running through it with my wife's brother-in-law, and trying to work out the kinks. He had certain issues with it, and he almost seemed to be getting frustrated with the game, or at least when there were certain aspects that I didn't want to change. In the end, it was a fantastic learning experience. I ended up re-working the whole thing for the better, making it much more playable and less confusing. I was able to implement some of his ideas while keeping certain aspects intact that I felt were okay. Someday I need to replay it with him so he can see what a difference it ended up making. I wrote a short story today. It's only about 5 pages long, but I managed to incorporate everything I wanted to into it, even though I originally imagined it to be the length of a novel or novella. I ended up sacrificing descriptive narratives and events in favor of ambiguity, and I think it works. I have a few people, like my wife, that I can count on to be honest with me on what they think. I'm already excited to go back and re-work a few things.