Sometimes the most challenging thing is to get solid feedback. Friends and family are tricky. They may not want to hurt you or not know how to give good feedback. Emotions can get weird depending on who you ask.
Writing programs are great opportunities. Classmates all working to build their skills, knowledgeable, and able to offer guidance. Again, you still need to be cautious. Not everyone may be working in your favor.
You can also hire private instruction (like me) who can help coach you through any variety of writing. The most significant negative is that it's a single voice, where multiple voices can help., but if you hire the right person, they're there to support, coach, and help you along your writing journey.
Sometimes, we just need someone to listen to, encourage, and guide us. We always hope that they come from a place of knowledge. Ultimately, we want to bounce our ideas off someone so we know if we're on the right track and making sense. After that, it's fine-tuning to become the best writer we can be.
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