One thing that has most helped me improve as a writer is receiving feedback from others. It is critical.
This feedback has mostly come from critique groups but also from beta readers and paid professionals. This last category is costly but invaluable.
Regardless of the source, the key is figuring out which feedback to apply, which to adapt, and which to dismiss. Don’t blindly follow every recommendation. Each piece of feedback is nothing more than one person’s opinion, and that opinion may not be right for your vision of your work.
Our mission as writers is to figure out the difference between good and not so good feedback and handle it appropriately.
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