When I first started writing my novel, seems like ages ago, I went to a writer in residence at the university. It turned out I needed to work on everything: grammar, structure…you name it.
Fast forward a few months and I went to see another author in residence, this time at a library. This time the opposite happened. She thought it was great: the story was interesting of the 10 pages she read (better than many fantasy stories she had read, her words not mine), grammar was fine (she used the word ‘polished’) and so on… BUT I actually came out feeling that my time had been wasted because I was looking to improve my writing and wanted feedback to do it.
After 5 months of writing my writing skills improved significantly.
She was being overly nice.