It helps immensely! Readers have an uncanny ability to catch what everyone else misses. If it weren't for the enjoyment of the readers, I would dare say that a lot of writers would have quit writing before they found their stride. Readers are so important to the writing process for me. I have three stops for my writing, two crit groups and a beta reader, without them, I would be utterly lost.
Yes. I never ask plot advice because I know what I want to do (although I am open to the odd suggestion). But it always helps for a fresh pair of eyes to look upon the work and tell me if it reads okay. I do have a tendency for what I call 'Yoda speak', write sentences backwards tend i to do.
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. When the feedback is too glowing my suspicious nature kicks in and I begin to feel like the Emporer without any clothes. Afraid to believe, afraid to be made fool of, I squint at the reader's words as though they are full of lies.
Usually. When a reader disagrees with a piece of mine, I can often get another column out of it. Compliments are always encouraging.
Always. Good feed back tells me if I got my point across and helps me refine my writing.
It depends on the reader.
Someone praising bad work is the worst kind of feedback for me.
Someone tearing apart good work is just as useless and sometimes even more dangerous.
While someone who legitimately picks at the plot, finds holes, and points out areas of improvement is invaluable.
When I get feedback on my blog, angry or not, it's wonderful! Instead of thinking, "How dare they?" I think, "Someone's actually reading it!"
Once, a waitress quoted one of my poems to me while she was taking my order. Another woman asked me if all my readers weep at my novelís ending. I find those reactions meaningful and very reassuring.
Of course. You can't write in a vacuum. If nobody reads and comments on your work, it doesn't really exist.
Does read feed-back help you?
Without a doubt. Although there is a real art to reviewing and an even greater one in receiving it. I try keep it not personal. And the art comes in when you pick what to listen to what not to.
Reading feedback from readers helps to instill confidence and boost my moral. Generally, not all feedback are encouraging. Some are criticism but helps me improve myself. Those baseless ones are just met to be ignored.
Yes and no. I have two or three people who read my work critically, who read as writers. Their feedback is helpful. Others opinions I find less so, though there are times when someone passes insight that I consider useful, or important.
Very much so. I love hearing from readers of my books.
No, not at all. I don't listen to reader feedback, I don't read it, I don't ask for it, and I don't want it. Either you like what I'm writing and want to continue reading it, or you don't. Telling me about it, one way or the other, isn't going to change anything. I'm stubborn and set in my ways, and if you disagree with me, I'll just assume you're an idiot. If we have any sort of discourse at all, the whole of the exchange would be a grotesque and bloody affair that everybody is best served by not starting in the first place.