How do you “make” anyone tell you the truth about your writing. If you ask the family, friends, other writers even, the vital question – “What do you think of my story”. You receive the answer they think/know you wish to hear!
It is lovely to have them say – yes it is really good. Only after a while you are back to square one because you are saying to yourself – they have only said that because they think that is what I need to hear!
You are then back full circle, it is like that with anything in life, but more so I believe in your “writing life”. Why?- when good constructive thoughts could sometimes make a big difference to the way you write the final paragraph!
Just do not say what my daughter is always saying to me – Mummy you are far too old to write! I am too old to write, then I am too old to do anything, which makes me thing – I can do what I want, if I am too old!
Therefore I shall just continue to do what I have been doing all along! Not take any notice of anyone who says “don’t you think you are far too old to do that” – The very short answer is NO! – you would not like the full answer, no really you would not!
Take care, have fun.