You revise, again and again, taking the suggestions of your critics and trying to apply them. People look at your work and pass by without so much as a comment. You get maybe 10 or so opinions, with a 60/40 ratio of negative to positive opinions. No matter how hard you work to improve, taking every suggestion into consideration, nothing changes. Despite what praise you do get being overwhelmingly positive, the number of negative is still higher, and you see all these stories on webook with so many comments that are overwhelmingly positive.
At what point do you give up on your work and yourself? At what point, despite how much you enjoy your work and think it's good, do you come to the conclusion you may not be any good at writing and your work may not be that good? If you do come to that conclusion, do you continue anyway, or is the knowledge of your failings too much to proceed through? At what point, after reaching your twenties and feeling however much you've improived you're still in the same boat as you were in 13 and 14, do you stop?
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