I started rewriting one of my stories. I thought of turning into another direction or evolving my story. After I had a friend read the first chapter. I got this response. "I think you should take the idea of the 'people living lives without sleep' part and make it into a story if it's own." I said I would take it into consideration however I do find it an insult. Especially when the reader could not understand why the character cannot sleep. I guess the main problem is my description of writing. If I write too much, the reader gets trailed off and confused. If I use just the initial description necessary, readers say they want more. It frustrates me to find the balance between the two and honestly it makes me feel like I should give up on writing. Yes I understand that criticism is great and all but how do I break out of this mentality that everything I write is going to be a failure to the audience anyways. I do post some of my scratch stories and it does make me happy that somebody likes it and then tells me it needs a different voice, different wording, grammar corrections, plot corrects etc. Even if somebody hates it and sees what needs to be fixed it makes me happy. I am just tired of people reading it and then refusing to offer suggestions. I tried asking people who read the type of genre and they just say "it is okay" or "it needs work" What should I do! I am taking into consideration using the dream drug story but how I do tell the reader that it is only part of the character not the main story.