To the regulars here: have you ever encountered people who don't seem to be able to handle negative criticism? People who post their stories on a public site and then get pissed if you say it is anything other than perfect? Is there any point in trying to deal with that or should I just ignore it and let him go about his own way?
I always feel so bad about myself when I don't teach someone something he would benefit from learning.
I don't want him to snap at me for criticizing his ability to accept criticism, so he will remain anonymus.
Also, this individual has a lot of writing potential, and is generally a good writer. He just doesn't seem to know how to accept criticism.
Hahah "I don't want him to snap at me for criticizing his ability to accept criticism"
I like that. :) They're right now - you don't have to feel bad for not helping, if the person you're trying to help won't accept it anyway and just attacks you for it. He'll fail for a while, probably pick up some bad habits along the way, the criticisms will pile up steadily, but if he's got potential like you say and he cares enough to keep writing, he'll be alright.
I guess letting others criticize your work is a privelage, and with every privelage comes the right to reject it.