I'm sure he meant well. I went to critique group meeting last night and one of the members handed me a page.
"What's this?" I asked.
"My handwriting is messy so I retyped how I would write your opening."
At first I was very offended. And then I thought, well, he was trying to be helpful...
And then same person later told me how he would change the plot.
I got very prickly and defensive. I think I said something like "I disagree and it is my story so I'm not changing it."
And again afterwards I berated myself. After all, he was just trying to be helpful.
But still, I don't think re-writing my words is something I want a critique partner to do. I want a CP to point out my weaknesses and suggest how to fix.
And I don't think critique partners should be telling me how to change my story. Maybe suggest and point out what isn't working and why.
I know this person had the best intentions but I feel he crossed the line.
Do you think this person went too far? Or do you think I need to get a tougher skin?