Doc Phillips has a number of valuable and useful articles on his site. I think one of the best is called “If you canâ€™t take the criticism, DONâ€™T ask for it!”
Here are a couple of key points…
Donâ€™t make the mistake of asking your significant other, best buddy, grandma or bartender. I guarantee they will be inclined to praise your talent(s). Why? Because they care about you and donâ€™t want to hurt your feelings. Thereâ€™s another very good reason. They donâ€™t do your work.
NEVER argue with your mentor concerning their critique of your work. NEVER attempt to defend why you read a line this way, or why you chose this entrance over that entrance. Instead, thank them for taking their time to help you. Also, take from the critique what you can use â€“ then, chuck the rest!