I went to WriteOnCon last year but I mostly just read what was on the main page and didn't really spend much time in the forums.
This year was different. This year I posted some of my writing in the forums. I gave feedback on other people's writing and I got feedback on my writing.
I love my writing group and I don't think my group wants to protect my feelings but after reading the story for two years they are very close to the story. Putting my words out there for conference attendees to read meant new fresh feedback.
Reading other people's stories meant seeing the level of work others are writing. I confess I thought my story was the best it could be but after reading other picture books that were similar in subject matter to mine and others that were different but from mine completely I realize I still have more work to do.
There were moments of insecurity reading the feedback but I'm returning to page with new determination. Is there a place for this in the market? How can I make my mc, a guide dog puppy, more relatable? How can I add more conflict and still present some of the information? I also entered my pb manuscript in a contest through The Loft where I take writing classes. If I win (fingers crossed) the prize is a day long revision class with a published author. Win or lose I've got my thinking cap on and I'm looking at ways this story can be improved. I'm determined to look at my work with new eyes and do some Re-Vision.