Last night, instead of playing a striker, I played an attacking midfielder, which I haven't done all season. I felt a little lost, in people's way, and generally of no use.
After the game this is how my conversation went with my husband:
"How did I play?"
"What did I do that was good?"
"You passed well and you got the ball to the wings well." "
"You looked tired at times and you needed to move into open space."
"Did I do anything right?"
"You played well."
For the record, I had kind of a hard game. I gave the ball away too much and I really didn't know what I was doing, but I wanted some praise even though I maybe didn't deserve it.
I think that's why I get my family to read my chapters before I send them off to beta readers. Generally I don't get critiqued too hard by my nieces and sister. They give me rave reviews, which feeds my need for reassurance just before reality hits when my beta readers tell me what I need to change.
What about you? Do you give your chapters to your family to read first knowing they won't say anything bad?