I'm genuinely trying to determine whether or not my writing is garbage, or if it's "okay" and just needs to be polished. I'm not just concerned because I'm doubting myself - okay, so I am kinda - but I really would like to hear how other people determine if their writing is good, bad, or just plain ugly. I don't have anyone I trust to read my stuff yet, meaning I can't have my family do it, and definitely not my fiance (though she is supportive), and I do have some "friends", but I'm not too close to them nor am I sure about their judgment. I can't afford for someone to tell me it's good when they could be lying, or even just not qualified to judge. If it's bad, I need to know, but I'm stumped as to how to tell for myself, I'm too critical. Been reading Brandon Sanderson stuff lately, and I love his work, so when comparing them together I get mixed results. Sometimes it seems like the stuff I write is on par, then at other times it feels like a lump of goo next to an artfully decorated and sculpted cake. I can't post my work to the forum because I do plan to publish this work traditionally. I suppose I could ask someone on WF to read it who likes fantasy, but I'm not sure who would have the time, and I guess I get worried about the response as well...just a little bit.