As I went through my feedback to chapter 18 of Dee Saves the Program this morning I was once again reminded of how important feedback is, and not just to feed my ego. Though that is certainly appreciated and encourages me to soldier on.
Beyond my personal gratification, feedback makes my writing better. For example, there are elements in this latest chapter that are owed directly to information I've received from one reader in particular, such as the choice of arrows in the final scene at the archery range, and certain other elements.
I don't want to get any more specific to avoid this spoiling the story for those who have yet to read the chapter. I've already expressed my thanks to the specific reader involved for his valuable help.
This serves to make the scene more plausible even though they are elements that might escape the knowledge of the average reader.
As if there is such a thing as an "average reader." I know each reader is unique.
Also, in responding to my readers' observations and questions I find I am firming up some very important plot elements in my own mind. It also gets me thinking back to previous books in the series, where I see how Dee was set on this path by her earlier actions and experiences. This all goes into solidifying my future plotting.
In the end, all of this helps me to make this a better story for everyone.
For that I extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who takes the time to let me know what they think of my work. Thank you.