All these opinions that are against feedback makes me wonder why we spend billions on teachers and why writers even make use of beta readers? I don't know about others, but thanks to this forum I learned some important things, such as not to have too much text in a dialogue tag, as one of many examples. That is just one way that feedback has helped improve my writing. Sure I may never get published, but feedback sure brought me closer to getting published. Isn't it partially for others we are writing? The opinion of someone else regarding your writing does carry weight, it is important, it can determine our success. So getting feedback on your early version can help improve later versions. Same here. I think it boils down to us humans wanting to be loved. Loved by everyone... a sea of love embracing us and cheering our name throughout the eons of time.