|Does reader feed-back help you?
Nope nope nope! I pride myself off the heart that beats in my lyrical content. Once you start allowing other people to dictate the content of your material, you will then begin to over examining yourself. You will start to write in ways that you will have content that is all over the place. It Will be split and pasted together, because you’re so eager to please that when it’s read back your embarrassed to hear your own work.
Oh, goodness yes! The input I get from my writer's groups is invaluable. Sometimes I may not agree with it, but if one writer brought up a question, a future reader may as well. As someone once told me, "That's nice that you can explain what that meant to me here, but you're not going to be sitting next to a reader when she's reading it, are you?"
I have occasionally recieved feedback from magazine articles or articles published online and nothing is more thrilling. I wrote an article years ago about buying trucks suitable for towing horse trailers and some guy wrote to me and thanked me for it. He explained he was a big burly cowboy that knew a lot about horses, but nothing about horsepower and engines. He'd been too embarrassed to admit it to a car salesman, but after reading the article he went down and 'spoke the language' and got a new vehicle. To take something that I wrote, and have it help someone in such an insignificant manner made me so happy.
Another time an article I wrote was read by a long-lost friend and we were able to reconnect, just via a fluff piece I'd written.
I've only received one horrid piece of feedback and it just ate at me for weeks. It was about a comical road trip I had with a friend and this man (we'll call him Mr. Snark) just railed on the article, took it apart bit by bit and ended with "This is the most unamusing thing I've ever read. Quit writing. You're not funny." Oh, the angst that review caused me. Then I got another email from someone else who read it and she told me she laughed so hard she almost peed her pants. She signed her name. Mr. Snark did not. So I took her feedback as the correct one!
Only if it is complimentary.
It is always good to hear what they have to say because sometimes they find little things in the story that you would never see in a million years.
Reader feed-back is always a catch-22. I used to have really thin skin when I took my first creative writing class and my first magazine writing class; I couldn't handle someone else critiquing my work because it felt like a personal assault. But, I've learned that in order for my work to mean something to someone else besides me, feed-back is crucial. It's a process of understanding which aspects captivate and hold the readers attention; and the other aspects that are analogous to masturbation, or pleasure only for one's self.
Yes, reader feedback is always helpful. You can only go so far with self-editing your own work. You can do it dozens and dozens of times, yet you’ll never catch what another person will be able to.
Reader feed back helps because we often get caught up in our own process and sometimes overlook the smallest thing or perspective. An objective opinion is worth a lot.
Not really. I've had several friends I've used as guinea pigs to read my novels just for feedback, but I didn't change anything based on that feedback because what I wrote seemed right to me and I didn't want to change my story. Reading is so subjective, I've had three different people read the same novel and I got three completely different forms of feedback from them, so I please myself I guess you could say.
Always, negative or positive, the readers let you know! How else would we be able to write something worthwhile?
I like and appreciate reader feed-back, and keep it in mind when I put out a new edition of my book, or when I speak.
To some extent. Sometimes a reader will completely miss the mark on what I intended in the story. Sometimes they surprise me with insights I hadn't even considered when writing the tale. I always answer reader mail the very day I get it. I have a few readers who write each week and one or two have become internet friends. I can count on one hand the nasty email feedbacks I have received. One was from a man who took umbrage at having his name be the name of one of my characters. He was really off the wall and I had to wind up turning his emails over to my publisher.
What true writer would say no to this question? Yes it helps me very much, because if a reader says yeah man that character was totally out of character I realize I need to go fix it, but if they say man I hate that character and they are meant to I know my work is heading where it should.
Reader can be a big help; After all that is the audience a writer is trying to reach. A writer always needs an objective opinion. I have been pleased with the reader feed-back I have received.
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