So here's a first for me:
I have this story I finished many months ago and had critiqued twice, and the response both times was fairly negative. Lots of confusion about what was going on. Now this same story got an honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest, but I was so discouraged by the bad feedback that I basically left it for dead and moved on.
Then this morning, when I was thinking about other things, it suddenly came to me how to fix the story. I hadn't even thought about it at all for weeks, but it must have been in the back of my mind. Otherwise, how could this have happened? I pulled itup on my computer after breakfast and got to work. I'm not done yet with the changes, but I've made good progress and I like what I have. Maybe the story isn't so dead after all.