Hello everybody! I hope you are all well.
A big thing happened (at least for me): there was this topic on Tapas where you post your novel, and it gets reviewed.
It looks like hippieghost took care of julipow. At any rate, your characters intrigue me. The paragraph where you introduce "she" was the first big hook that made me want to find out who "she" was and finish reading. A mother? A wife? That said, keep an eye on grammar and sentence flow - I'm thinking English isn't your first language? I see some Japanese in your banner; I'm kind of-sort of learning Japanese, and the two are SO different. Just keep learning, and you've got a great basis. I certainly couldn't come up with anything comprehensible in Japanese (or Spanish, which I minored in at college!)
This was the comment that a kind soul gave. The fact is, I already KNOW that in my writing people can tell that English is not my first language, and anyway, even though this FRUSTRATES me so much, I am NOT a person who gives up when faced by critiques that puts me down. I will continue writing and give the best I can give, even if it is not perfect.
But why that comment bothers me so much?
Yes, she/he is judging my novel basically by only reading the first chapter and not the whole novel (which is a bummer because how can you give a review based only on that), and most importantly she's doing it on a piece of work that I spent years on and basically... put me down.
I recognise that she/he is complimenting me about the story and characters, but the "English thing is bothering me so so much". How do you overcome these situations?