“I thought my book was good enough… and then I went to critique group, and found out it’s like a cake without the frosting.”
That’s a quote from one of the members of our monthly writing group.
Whatever I do, whatever I create, I do not operate in a vacuum. I want to know what my customer wants, and whether my product meets their needs or interests.
Keeping my babies to myself is safe, comfortable. A story or song I write sounds great to me, so the temptation is to hold on tight.
But we learn from the insights and yes criticism of others. We find out what works and what falls flat. If you’re creative in any vein, don’t give in to the safety of the bubble. Find a group, find a critic. Do it in person if you can, online if you can’t.
As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. – Proverbs