I am asking to give tips for my own pieces.
Tony Elsby wrote:Hi Rula,
I'm new to this site and came across your comments in finding my way around. I've not read your work yet so have no pre-conceived opinions but there are many things you can do to help yourself improve, irrespective of the frankness or otherwise of others.
You can note the reaction to your work over time. Do people bother to read it and does it inspire comment of any sort? Surely that is the intention of putting most any poem into the public arena. It's the same for journalists. Whatever they write almost the worst that can happen is not be read at all.
If work prompts no reaction then its had no noticeable impact of any kind. If it does draw comment that comment will likely be polite and even mildly encouraging but there will be messages beneath the surface and genuine enthusiasm will come across in some form.
Another thing is to read the work of others and see what you like, then try to figure out why. We're all influenced to some extent by others and why not? Life is an exercise in trial, error and using whatever knowledge is available to us to make improvements or changes that please us. With anything creative there's likely to be some factor that might enhance some aspect of our own creations. A certain kind of humour, a particular way of expression, even a particular structure.
Yes, like others, I wince at certain creative efforts just as I'm quite sure some people wince at mine. But who has the right to dictate what is right or wrong? An opinion is just that. We are what we are and it's unlikely any of us will have the same abilities or way of co-ordinating things as someone else and a good job too for variety's sake.
But being read matters, cos that's the point of making any art form public. So that's the first measure I'd be checking and thus far there's much room for improvement where I've posted! .
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