The Art of Reacting Well to a Negative Review

Advice for creatives on moving on from a critical comment

Christopher P Jones
6 min readSep 7, 2023

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‘The Duel with the Sword and Dagger’ (1617–20) by Jacques Callot. Etching. 18.5 × 26 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, U.S. Image source The Met

How should creative people react to a bad review? Feeling hurt — hand on dagger — is all too easy, but is there a more useful way to respond?

For most people, the thought of creating something and then sharing it with the world does not, in its inspiration, in its…

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