I used to be afraid of critiques. No, not getting them. Giving them. I in no way felt qualified to tell other people how to write. I used to read work posted for critique, figure out what I would say, then read everyone else’s comments to see if I had got it “wrong”.
I think everyone will agree that critiques are essential to writing. Obviously getting comments on your work makes you better, but criting other people’s work makes you look at your work differently. Like anything else we can improve our critiquing skills. Studying other’s comments is one way I learn. Also just jumping in and doing it.
Critiques like any reading or writing experience is personal. Something that may make touch one person may feel overdone to me, or vice versa, because I’m not reading it with the same background they are. I recently had someone leave a nice comment about my critiques and I spent the next couple hours trying to figure out if she was serious or sarcastic. In the end it didn’t matter. I was commenting on the things I knew and understood and that’s all I can do. That’s all anyone can do. So don’t be afraid. Pull out that red pen and get to it.