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!
I love reader feedback. It doesn't necessarily change my process, but it does enhance the experience for me to know what worked and what didn't for other readers.
Definitely. I belong to a local writing group that has been invaluable in giving me constructive criticism and suggestions on dealing with problems in my fiction. I also have a circle of friends who are writing professionals and whom I often turn to for feedback.
Of course yes, every reader's feed back or comment is helpful to a good writer. Even when he is criticized.
Yes... any writer who tells you otherwise is a liar or obscenely self-confident. There is always room for improvement and without feedback, everyone is liable to keep plodding along in the same rut without ever knowing they might be doing something wrong. I love feedback, even if I don't always agree with it. It still gives me access to directions I might have missed otherwise.
It depends. For my non-serious stuff I tend to use readers as a gauge for whether my ideas are enjoyable beyond myself, as proofreaders and as a sounding board for ideas. Readers that just say "i like ur story lol" are basically useless to me, but the ones that engage, tell me what they want to see and what aspects they've enjoyed are immensely helpful in planning ahead and honing down on what things I'm good at enough to make people want to read more of it.
Absolutely. I really encourage reader feed-back and respond to it every time. My web sites include a way for readers to get in touch with me and ask further questions, and I am always looking for ways to improve my books - both the readability and the usefulness of the information they contain.
Reader feedback is very important, of course, but not all of it is helpful. You need to treat praise and criticism in the same way - learn what you can from it and allow for personal preferences.
I don't get as much as I used to. I've drifted apart from the one friend who would provide the majority of my feedback, although now I think that's a good thing -- I need feedback from different people in order to develop as much as possible.
Feed-back from readers is incredibly envigorating it encourages me to be better in my craft.
Yes, yes, yes. I am a member of three writing groups and submit all my stuff to all three. Additionally I co-opt someone trusted to give valid criticism and spot my mistakes to go through it thoroughly. You get too close to your own work to see it properly. Feedback is great when its good, helpful when its critical. You need to follow your nose though, and take on board what you think will help you and ditch the rest. If you give your work to five people and four of them come up with similar criticisms, they're probably right. Not much point giving it to your favourite aunty though, unless she's a literary guru or you're in dire need of a confidence boost.