What's been your biggest influence in making you a better writer?
What's been my biggest influence? I'd have to say it's all of the like-minded writer friends I've made through Elfwood. If not for the encouragement from all of those who have gone to my Library shelf in Wyvern's Library, I'd probably have stopped writing years ago. Their suggestions on how to improve my stories has helped me grow in leaps and bounds, and has shown me where both my strongest and my weakest points are.
Many of the people on my flist have come from my associations at Elfwood. The writers on my flist and I share stories of the pain and frustration of finishing that first draft, reworking it until you're so sick of it you want to burn it, and the bittersweet joy of finishing what we all hope is the final draft. Then, of course, there's the finger nail biting moments when you send your manuscript off to the magazines or the agents, hoping for a positive response from someone other than your usual fan base. When the inevitable rejections come, we console each other and encourage each other to get back to work.