It is commonplace for new writers to be protective of their work. And there’s nothing wrong with that… except that it robs a writer of opportunities to improve their craft and story.
Feedback from peers and mentors is invaluable, especially in the early stages of your writing career.
When you open your work up to others you trust and admire, others with knowledge and experience in the craft, you put their expertise to work for you. Now, that’s priceless!
Some simple ways to get feedback include:
a. finding a mentor
b. finding a critique partner (or partners)
c. joining a writing group
d. sharing free content on your blog or social media (though I would only recommend this to those with a thick hide).
The honest truth is, getting feedback can be brutal sometimes… but the key is to pick out the useful, constructive advice, and run with it. In the end, it’s all about your success.