Getting feedback on your writing is an important part of the creative process.
But if you aren’t clear with people about what you want feedback, you can leave yourself vulnerable to getting more than you bargained for. Too much criticism can be damaging early on in the writing process, event if it’s well-intentioned. This excellent article from The Write Practice outlines the best way to get the most out of feedback. The ice cream analogies are just the cherry on top (sorry, we couldn’t resist – you’ll understand once you’ve read the article).