When the audience laughs or claps, I know I wrote the right thing.
Absolutely! My wife of 45 years is my first and best critic. A good editor can be brutally frank but save your life!
I was not sure about how readers view my writing but i know now, my work has been censored across the internet, my early feed back was that my writing is too complicated and hard to understand. Even though my work has been read around the world, i am either viewed as a black radical extremist with ties to revolution and terrorism, black violence hate speech as un american activities by the african un american, this site reflects these sentiments.
Insanely so! Reader feedback sparks so many new ideas!
Definitely. And literary criticism of my work too, since is an specialized kind of reading
Though it's nice to be complimented, it's not really necessary for me.
Feed-back helps a great deal. It says, first of all, that somebody actually reads this stuff. A bit of praise goes a long ways. However, the most helpful feedback is from other writers who know and respect you enough to dare to say, "I really liked this part, but. . . " and point out weaknesses or inconsistencies. Hard-hitting critiques are painful to receive, but do far more for my writing than flowery praise. But I'll still put up with a bit of praise once in a while.
Depends on the expertise of the reader.
It depends on who the readers are and what their feedback actually is. If they're able to provide thoughtful comments and honest criticism, then they're worth their weight in gold. As a teacher I always caution students against making what I call 'judgement statements'. Stating 'that book was really good' is only valuable if the author is an egotist. Explaining what made it 'good', and why, is better. I don't live for flattery; but as an artist I do strive for mastery, and readers who can provide insight into what makes something strong and what can be subtly improved in the next go-round are crucial to that process.
if i get it, it is very helpful. if its good, then it makes me happy that other people are enjoying my work as much as i enjoyed making it. however, if its bad, i know what to do to make it better.
Always. It lets ME know that at least some person read it!
If the feedback is negative, agree or disagree. The important thing is to see the other persons point of view.
Consider this: Every opinion is correct because it's a person's OPINION - even idf that person could be wrong.
Example: 'Meat is murder' says a vegetarian. That's what the vegetarian believes, and their belief is correct to them - even if others think they are wrong.
If someone is criticizing your writing? So what? Learn from it.