I always appreciate feedback from my readers.
RARELY, MOST CRITICS ARE ASSES BUT NOT ALL ASSES ARE CRITICS. I HAVE A SELECT GROUP OF FRIENDS THAT I CAN RELY ON TO BE BRUTALLY HONEST WITH ME. THEY ARE THE KICK IN THE BEHIND THAT I SOMETIMES NEED FOR ME TO SEE THE TRUTH, ABOUT MY WRITINGS AND ABOUT MY SELF. THE KEY TO THAT IS THEY ARE MY "FRIENDS."
Sometimes, though it can be so varied! I usually prefer to go with what I believe belongs in a piece and discard or ignore what doesn't.
Yes, reader feedback has been great! In fact, it motivated me to write my next book, and the one after that, and the one after that -- so I've now written more than 10 books about diabetes, disease, nutrition and drugs.
Presently, I am a part of an on-line writing "group" that was established by Chuck Palahniuk, and I don't know what I do without the feedback I receive there. Eleven years ago, I established an in-person writers critique group and this too has help me grow as a writer--beyond measure. In 2005, I worked with Karen Joy Fowler, and also Ridley Pearson, and their help was fantastic. Feedback is essential.
I enjoy reader feedback.
You bet it does! Readers will often tell you exactly how it is with no pulled punches. When their criticism is constructive, it serves as a good aid for future writing efforts.
Very much so! My goal is to come up with a product that readers won't be able to put down, much like the books I read. Feedback helps me to gage whether or not I am reaching my goal and why or why not. I love it.
It can. It helps to make me focus on how others may see it. The writer can get too close.
However, it can also be a distraction. You can end up trying to please everyone and falling between all the stools.
I look for feedback fairly late in the process.
As long as it's constructive, and well intentioned. I run a poets workshop/forum, where the feedback is always honest, but kind.
Sometimes sometimes not.
Yes and no. Mostly no.
Definitely. I love the connection and I want people to feel connected to me by telling me what they think of my 'thoughts'. If I am able to write my 'thoughts' out into stories and get feed-back from other authors, readers and reviewers, it helps me to write better.