Yes, absolutely. Studying Creative Writing at university was brilliant because it put me in a situation where I was surrounded by like-minded people. We were all there with similar intentions and with a certain understanding of storytelling. My parents don't really read, and my friends at the time didn't really either, so it was difficult to show them anything because their feedback, while recieved gratefully, was often difficult to listen to as, pretentious as it sounds, they don't really know what they're looking for.
One of the core foundations of my course was that the students critiqued, evaluated and analysed one another, even using other people's stories as the basis for an essay occasionally. Getting feedback from someone who knew what they wanted in a story was an amazing feeling, and really allows you to craft your writing. Of course, opinion is subjective, so not everyone will think the same, but if most people don't like the way you ended chapter three, you might want to think about changing it.
Don't be stubborn. By all means, write for yourself, but if you're planning to publish, it will be out there for the world to see.
I love to know what readers think. I want to engage with people, and whilst I couldn't change what I write to suit some demographic or other, I do care whether I have conveyed what's in my head effectively.
Yes it does. The most helpful feedback is the reader telling me what they have understood. Do they see the same characters as I do? Do they understand the setting?
Definitely! Always! Knowing what's clear and what's unclear, what's believable and what's not - readers are great for that. Just be careful that readers are giving you feed-back to help your story, and not to prove they're smart or talented. Reader feed-back works best when your ego AND the reader's ego are off the table. Look up Liz Lerman's Critical Response for guidelines.
Constructive feedback or criticism is good but I can only tolerate it from people I know very well and trust.
It never hurts. I have a few people I let read my work before I send it out just to get an idea of how people will react to it. There are those out there that give feedback just to be mean or to over analyse things to make everything a sexual reference. Those people, you take with a grain of salt. The big thing writers need to remember is that no matter how good your work is, it will never appeal to every one. There will always be someone there to criticize your work and find some sort of flaw in it.
It does, but honestly I still need to get some, but its not always necessary to have a second ear. I edit my poetry everyday somehow
Absolutely! Its a great compliment to.receive feedback from a reader.
Certainly! Any feedback and criticism both constructive and harsh can only help. If a writer thinks that every comment is going to be perfect he or she must seek a new profession/hobby. Ultimately you are writing for your readers, to increase your readership, so what they say and think is vital to your success as a writer. Stephen King says, ‘In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work.’
Ofcourse, no doubt!
Always. I listen to everything a reader/vier might say, and I only use what resonates. I love communication and collaboration. Feedback is part of it.
Good reveiws are always helpful and encouraging. Reviews from people who are not pleased can be very hurtful, especially when they have missed the point.
It's always nice to get encouraging remarks. Artistic types NEED encouragement. But the most helpful to me is feedback from other authors, maybe better authors than I, that offer advice on how to make my writing just a bit better. Of course separating worthwhile advice from knowledgeable sources from the half-baked spoutings of self-important hacks is the key. This may take doing some homework on the commenter to see if their advice is worth listening to.