This is between Ben and Jennifer in ALONG CAME POLLY, when she shows him her idea for her children's picture book:
J:You hated it.
B:No, I don't. It's just... It's very graphic for a children's book.
You know, like this one: "The Boy with a Nub for an Arm."
J: Well, that one has a moral.
You know, to teach kids they gotta be careful
when they're playing with fireworks.
B: Right. No, and-and I think it's brilliant, by the way. Seriously.
B: I mean, like, you really convey...the pain and the fear, and I love the little doggy too.
But... And I don't mean this in a bad way.
B: Just what were you thinking?
What I really liked about this scene was how it puts into perspective the whole process. It’s an awkward process for both of us but…it’s only purpose is to help you take your career to the next level. I'm doing the best I can TO help because I DO care about your path as a writer. Even if I don't like an idea or have feedback to give, don't take it the wrong way; take it as my encouragement to try and steer you toward success.
Obviously (hopefully) I'd never be so blunt, even IF presented with "The Boy with a Nub for an Arm," but it can definitely be a struggle sometimes to CONSTRUCTIVELY criticize based on, essentially, an idea alone.
So take advice with a grain of salt – but take it in in the right mind frame to begin with.