LaurieG wrote:My 2 cents, LD. Take the "good points" your critiques pointed out, and strengthen them.
Also, re-read a story you wrote a year ago. Do you see things you would do better now? If so, your writing IS getting better, and you're mostly suffering from lack of self confidence. Neil Gaiman confesses that, about 3/4 through writing a novel, he is ready to quit being a writer because he "knows" he's no good. And that's after winning Hugos, Nebulas, World Fantasy Awards, and many others!
I'd offer to see your work, as other generous forumites have, but I'm busy preparing for my son's wedding in a few weeks.
Thanks for the thoughts and Congrats to your son.
From what I understand most pros go through that. A couple have even quit for a while over it-that is after sells and awards.
But besides a couple of "very good"s from none writers and new writers I don't get any statements that would give me confidence. Well, usually. Two HMs from Dave help but even the editors who usual say something, like at BCS, don't add anything extra. That lazy writing comment from Edith at Universe Annex still burns.