Yes. It certainly does; for I write for readers.
Of Course! My YA readers and blog followers motivate and challenge me to reach for the next level and that keeps me energized.
Absolutely! There is nothing better than hearing from a reader. Of course it is wonderful to get positive feedback, but I also appreciate any negatives as well. How else could I grow as a writer if I am never given any guidelines by those who read what I write?
Absolutely yes. Not only does reader feedback help me, I depend on it. Writing is a lifelong learning experience. No author starts out by writing their best work. It is a process that develops over time. Hopefully every novel is a little better than the last. Listening to readers often helps to make my writing better. If I make mistakes in one novel, I can correct those mistakes and make sure I don't repeat them in future novels.
The Review posted on amazon by CHARLES ASHBACHER on April 17, 2009, gave me some very important constructive criticism, which I will be forever grateful. I will make certain I follow his advice in my future writing.
Yes, I need it. Especially since I do editing myself for the most part...anything that people find is welcomed.
Also, there are several people who, when I see them in public, ask when Book 2 is coming out. I find that very encouraging to keep writing.
Yes. Reader feed-back helps a lot. When I know that readers love it, it makes me feel good about what I wrote. I sort of rely on reader feed-back to see what I need to change, or some things where it's perfect. Sometimes reader feed-back can also help my have ideas for the books I write. It helps me see what people enjoy to read.
Depending on the forum it can be useful. Corrective criticism is much better than someone who just has an opinion to share that may not be positive.
It depends. If the reader is sincere in their comments, then yes. If they are just trying to be contentious, it doesn't help anyone.
Of course. I'm always learning and seeking ways to improve my craft.
Oh, yes! I form a reader group while working on a project. They help with areas where maybe I left them in the dark a little. This can happen when writing about something you know very well and may not give enough information. They help with continuity and plot.
For instance, in my current project I was going to kill off a character very early in the book. When my readers started giving me feedback of, "I love Mary so much. I can't wait to see how she develops," I decided to keep her in the story. It worked! She has become a very important part of the story.
Shhhhhhhhh I'm still going to have her die, but it will have more impact now.
Yes. I love reader feedback. It doesn't change "what" I write, but it does influence certain aspects of how I write.
If you know very many writers you know that most of us are insecure. We thrive on reader mail and email and any kind of feedback. I save and print out everything and keep it in a decorated box. Even if the feed-back is constructive criticism I really appreciate the efforts and strive to improve.
Yes and no. Helps build my confidence, although it doesn't change the content.
It does, a lot. The way a reader and writers experiences a story are two fundamentally different things. I think for a writer, it's important know whether or not we've managed to connect with our "audience." Writing for it's own sake, that's wonderful but most writers are driven to share our work. I want to make sure that what I share is at the very least, understood. When it comes to whether or not I managed to articulate a story that lives in my head effectively, reader feedback helps me determine whether or not I've missed the mark.