I've been getting a lot of critique lately along the lines of:
-This is good, but it's quiet.
-This is good, but it's awfully short.
-This is good, but the MC should be more/less defined.
I spent a lot of time thinking, "Yeah, but I wanted to write a quiet book. So that means I'm done!"
Or, "Yeah, but I was aiming for short, so there would be lots of white space - more room for illustrations is good, right? So that means I'm done!"
Or, "Well, I made that MC purposefully vague/detailed, and you said it was good otherwise, so... Party time! I'm done!"
This week I've come to realize that what my amazing, wonderful, patient critters (because my CPs must be among the most patient in the world, because they deal with me and my detailed crits so well) were really saying was:
This is good for the type of book you're writing. But I don't think the market wants this type of book. In order to make this marketable, you need to make it into a different book.
Sometimes, in order to become great writers, we must first learn to be great listeners.
And a few incredible critique partners probably helps too.
What have your critters been telling you lately that you need to listen to?