Being both an author and a reviewer, I find writing not-so-rave reviews difficult, because I know first-hand how devastating they can be. If I’m feeling particularly down over a bad review (and that can be either one I got or one I wrote – regardless of how diplomatic I try to be, and how well I’ve managed to find some positive things to say, I still don’t like writing them) – I go to Goodreads, and the reviews posted on the sites of authors I believe write in a way I wish I could, those I read every chance I can, whose new works I actually buy (in hardback, even)….like Guy Gavriel Kay, or Neil Gaiman. Why? Because even these guys get poor reviews. I do it to remind myself that I as a writer will never be to everyone’s taste, and as a reviewer, I may dislike something others love, or love something others dislike. It works.
How do you find solace after a poor review? I’d love to know!