Fake news isn’t our only problem in the era of social media. Fake writing rules are everywhere…
Feedback is important for new writers. You don’t want to write in a vacuum. But the most important function of getting feedback may be to help you build up the thick skin you need to survive in this business.
It’s also great for finding out how many different ways your writing may be misconstrued.
But do keep in mind the actual advice you get is sometimes pretty useless, especially when it comes from people who aren’t in the business. (That includes some academic writing programs, which are often based on an art-for-art’s-sake philosophy that can generate some pretty unmarketable fiction.) So keep in mind that you should probably ignore most of the specific advice you get in a critique group….