I can’t stop quoting myself. I’m out of control. Clearly my narcissism knows no bounds!
But on a serious note…as an author, I have benefited immensely from the help and advice of others. I always aim to be helpful in return, and continuously look for ways of paying it forward.
The point here is that everyone has a unique opinion on what they like and do not like. Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series is often used by critics as an example of poor writing, however there are millions of fans who consider the series a favorite. Similarly, writers like Hemingway and Kerouac- who are generally considered great writers- have just as many detractors. There is not a single book in existence that is considered the greatest novel of all time by everyone that has read it. Kind of a sobering thought, isn’t it?
So why aim for that? Tastes vary, results vary. Write what you love, and love what you’re writing. Don’t use the work of others as measurement for your successes; use your own. Aim to improve, be better, and be the best YOU can be.