I try to share with you everything in my writing journey as it comes along. A few months ago, I entered the Launching a Star contest with RWA. Yeah, I was hopeful and nervous but willing to pay some money to get a critique from a huge publisher and an agent who's blog most of us read.
Here's some of the feedback I received that to me was well worth all I spent.
Two critiquers. Scores: 118/150 and 137/150. I can live with that.
Comments: I'm only going to give you the needs, not the good stuff, cause it was the needy areas I focused onto when I opened that packet. Don't we all?
Exernal conflict could be stronger. How could things be worse? The problem I find is the fresh twist. Something needs to be more at risk.
Ramp up the tension.
Clearly define the motivations. Show clear internal/external conflicts.
So there you have it. My weak areas in writing fiction.
What this feedback does for me is allows me to immediately incorporate it into my current WIP.
Every time we learn something new, our writing grows and improves. But it takes some putting it out there to find those need areas, whether it is with a critique group or a contest or submitting it to an agent.
How have you recently put your work out there to find your need areas?
As far as I'm concerned, I won another chance to improve.