I've just given feedback on the first chapters of someone's manuscript for a second time, and I feel so guilty about it.

I try to be helpful, constructive, objective, appreciative, encouraging, and firm - yet sensitive. It's bloody exhausting.

Does anyone else feel this way? I think it's much easier for a reader who doesn't write to give feedback. Having just finished my first novel, and knowing only too well the blood, sweat and tears that went into it . . . I'm so conscious of what that body of work means to a writer and I find it nerve-wracking giving feedback - even though I want to!

I guess you don't really know if you have helped or given the writer a massive complex.

Arrrrrgh. That's all.