I love a good fiction workshop. I'm a nerd for fresh eyes and feedback, but it's the new writers that reject the feedback given to them that really irks me.
Example: a girl in this workshop I'm in has a story written from two narrators. It's also in first person. The narrators shift within the same chapter, but they both use "I" in reference to themselves. I was beyond confused. This girl does a lot of things that new writers do, like overpowering the descriptions of the setting and forgetting about the story. I mentioned all of these things, including the lack of clarity in the dual-narrators, and added in-text comments so she knew what I was talking about.
Her two-paragraph response to me began with the words, "Thanks for the advice, but..." and then she proceeded to tell me that she knew what she was doing, and that she'd written this story with two narrators in mind, and that it couldn't be told any other way. She implied that I was the problem, and that I didn't understand her story, or the "kind of story she wanted to write," and somehow took from my critique that her main character was lacking.
What do I do about this? I mean, I understand hearing feedback that's not fluffed with compliments. It's a workshop. The goal is to strengthen your writing craft and hone the skills. No one feels good when they're told their manuscript has problems.
I don't feel bad about my advice. I'm more annoyed that she reacted in such an arrogant way.
This is a ongoing thing that I've seen with beginning writers. They think what they spin is pure gold. They don't understand that it takes time and effort to polish a story.
This post came out more 'venting' than I intended. Sorry about that. Has anyone else encountered this problem?