I am a poet...Which means I write...and have published some....but I also perform it. For years, I would perform or show my poetry to people and they would pat me on the head and say it's great, you're great, everything's great. The problem is, I believed it. I thought there was nothing to do...but no one was taking my work.
What I needed was criticism. Not that shit sucks worse than a Mormon girl with a Saturday night hangover on Sunday morning kind of criticism....but how to improve myself, my writing....my performance. Once I received that is when the magic began....getting booked to read at various shows in the area, getting published...selling chapbooks. I needed it in order to grow as an artist and as a human being. We never stop growing....if we do, we grow stagnant, and then may as well stop, or burst the dam of our own making.