I have been writing for only about five or six years and have self-published two children's books. I belong to a wonderful Women's Writing Group where I am the editor of their newsletter. I have been taking many on-line writing courses in order to make sure I am doing things the right way. With three different projects in mind, I have been working on what I hope will be my first real full-length novel for almost a year now. It has taken so many different directions that I lost count. I had the first two chapters critiqued by my group, with suggestions for many changes (really changing the story line). My question to everyone is: Should I continue to take classes (everyone has different ideas of how to proceed as a writer), or should I just not pay attention to all those hundreds of blogs and emails I keep getting on the subject and just dive into my story blindfolded to other people's opinions. I know part of my problem is an extremely bad lack of self-confidence. Although I have been told by many people that my writing is good, I'm still unsure of myself. (Which I understand is a problem many new writers have.) Also because I started so late in life (I am 62 next month), I feel like I need to learn all I can. Any advice or comments will be great appreciated.