When you ask for feedback on your writing, be it a novel, short story or poetry, are you prepared to brace yourself for an honest opinion? I ask, because most writers are ego on legs and can’t abide anything other than fulsome praise for their “babies.” This includes me.
It’s taken me many years to push aside my overinflated ego and see my writing from other people’s perspective. Wordiness, prevarication, self indulgence, were all bars to me listening to fellow writers’ good advice and thus improving my work.
I have learned to listen, even though my vanity still gets in the way from time to time, and now I’m seeing a measure of improvement in my work. I’ve wasted a lot of time and effort in avoiding the truth that my writing is not without its faults.
So, if you’re only looking for flattery and flim flam, you’ve no right to be a writer of any kind. Yes, crap does get published. I won’t mention any names here, but the reading public are not fools. The sensationalism surrounding the latest piece of rubbish to “grace” the booksellers shelves, will perhaps fade away into oblivion and quality will once again rise.
Don’t write because you hope to gain success the way some so-called-writers have, but put time and effort into your creations. Don’t set out to offer your readers secondhand goods, spiced up to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
If you want to be a writer, then be the best damn writer you can be. This means being prepared to listen to good advice and acting on it.