It's fantastic. It's so helpful.
Yup. I got one of my favorite beta readers from a letter from someone pointing out mistakes I'd made in a novel. She's great. Very detail oriented and fantastic at continuity.
At times. Considering the type of writing I do, I have learned not to take either the positive or the negative feedback too seriously.
Feed-back, whether positive at-a-boys or constructive criticisms, always help. The positives keep your morale up and encourage you to go on; while the constructive criticisms help you address your flaws and remain humble.
I have a friend who has a good voice, it helps to hear her reading aloud my writing. And of course reader feedback helps. I am one who needs constant encouragement and criticism.
I believe reader feedback is very helpful. Sometimes hard to hear but if we get beyond that it can only make us better
Of course. It's the lifeblood to any writer who writes to get published!
Yes. I love to know what works and what doesn't for the reader. If a theme I've explored doesn't resonate, I'm not likely to write about it again, or at least, not in the depth I did before. So I would say I enjoy the criticism a tad more than the gushing praise as far as moving my career forward as an author.
However, the gushing praise is good for the ol' ego.
Absolutely. If no one provided feed-back, one might think their writing is perfect. That isn't how the writer improves, or the reader reads the next book.
Definitely yes, but on a highly selective basis. There are those less critically inclined who will praise most of my work and I have to admit that I find it difficult not to revel in any praise they may offer. Then there are those, and thank God for them, who are painfully honest (and immensely helpful) who can see through my conceits and short-cuts and set me straight.
Amongst the latter group, the honest critics, are a few demi-gods who not only offer constructive criticism but provide that most precious commodity of all, encouragement.
Yes, because you get a broad perspective on what you need to do to continue to improve your writing. The minute we feel that we don't want or need reader feedback, the minute our ability to write begins to die. I once heard a well respected Author say, "If we remain F.A.T. we will always grow and get better." The acronym for F.A.T. stands for Faithful, Available and Teachable. This is a formula for success because we will continue to develop our gifts, talents and abilities.
Even though I am still coming out of my "shy" shell, I do encourage reader feedback--both compliments and constructive criticism in a guiding/teaching/nurturing method. It touches me even more when readers tell me HOW and WHY a certain poem resonates with them or helps them in life!