Generally when I ask for feedback or a critique sometimes it would be nice to hear the positive, but I suppose that isn’t what will help me grow as a writer. It does seem like if I don’t ask at least three people to find issues I would never see all my downfalls.
Since I started allowing people to see my work my grammar has improved. It isn’t perfect yet, but it has improved. There are mistakes I would never have seen had someone not been brutally honest about my weakness in grammar. I would never have realized that some of my male characters were not acting as a male would at times. Even if a scene was hysterical, a real man would never do or think the way I had described. I also figured out where I started my story is not actually where the story should start. I think that one particular clue has changed my manuscripts and made them flow a little quicker and will engage a reader faster.
All that being said I still don’t know what my strengths are or if my stories are interesting. I agree that to grow i need to know my issues. Do I assume no critique means that the story itself is okay? Or do I assume everyone is so caught up in my problems that no one is able to read the story? I have noticed that some of the people I trusted to look at a chapter or two have so many pet peeves it wouldn’t matter if the story was good or not, they couldn’t read it. Maybe because I don’t have a lot of hang-ups I am a great reader but I am not a great editor.
There are several ebooks that i have read lately that have more typo’s then I could count, yet I was still able to read it and enjoy. I know several people who would have stopped reading on the first error. Mind you, these are NOT self-published books. How sad is that? Can you read past the errors to see if a story has potential or do you have to see a fully polished, near perfect, manuscript?
How many times do you read your own work before someone else can see it, or has it remained locked away hoping for an agents bite?