Ever receive an evaluation of your work that left you scratching your head?
Goodreads is not my favorite forum. It's clumsy and out-dated, but there are some incredible writers there. Recently I faced the challenge in one of my groups to write a piece of flash fiction. Not my forte. It was a fun venture, and I felt really pleased with the outcome. Of course the test is in the response. How will people receive your work?
The authors didn't hate it. That's the good news, but my family did. They kept complaining about advanced "vocabulary" diminishing their appreciation of the work. ADVANCE VOCABULARY?!? Is clambered such a strange word? Or absconded? Or reiterated? It's one thing if I had been writing for a teenage audience, but this was aimed for adults. Was I asking too much by way of comprehension? (Please! Give me your opinion? Where is the line?)
I sometimes think when we ask for "edits" what we get is a nit-picking according-to-me response, unless it comes from an unbiased source. (One with experience separating personal preference from literary value.) It then becomes incumbent for us to interpret what we receive from what matters. Unless I hear the same thing from 3 + readers I don't give it much weight. The problem is when those 3 readers occupy the same room and act as a bouncing board for one another.
And now the wrap up: No one can tell you what is wrong or right for your works. They may offer suggestions. They may tell you what rubbed them wrong. They may even make a valid point! It's important to listen, but it's also important to lend credence only where it applies.