Reading through the critiques from my writers' group. Critiques are hard to accept sometimes. Sometimes? Hah! Many times.
When I write, I know what's going on - I can see it in my mind's eye. Everything. I try to convey all that in the writing. Most of the times, it works. Sometimes, it doesn't.
Since my stuff has a lot of medieval 'stuff' in it, I've got to do quite a bit of research. I try, since this is going to be young YA book, to keep the references pretty easy. But I also don't want to 'dumb down' the stuff. If a kid picks up a medieveal-type book, they've got an idea already of the concepts of archery, swordplay, and such. A wee bit of knowledge of dragons is part of a kid's life, IMHO. Of course, every writer / reader has a different idea of what a dragon is like. (reminds me of the vampires in the Twilight saga).
It's the 'That character is too harsh." or, "I wouldn't have written it like that."
Those are the things that I have to tell myself: That's their opinion, their tastes. Take it, chew on it, and use it or spit it out. Most times *giggle* I spit it out. I know what the characters are like. They talk to me. But I'd be a fool to not at least listen. What's the sense of being critiqued if you don't listen?
Of course, you've got to make sure you're in a group who really wants you to succeed.
Life is - of course - incredible.