Way back when I was working behind the scenes at various radio stations, trying to break in on the air as DJ, I would approach the on-air personalities and ask for their thoughts on my aircheck tape.
Did I sound okay, or at least have potential? What needed work? How could I improve?
A lot of them had very insightful comments and helpful suggestions.
Except one guy. What he had to say wasn’t negative, but it wasn’t necessarily helpful either.
After listening to my tape, he started with “Here’s how I would do it.” Everything after that I totally ignored.
I don’t care how you would do it, because that’s you. My way is not your way. Everybody has a different approach.
I only bring this up because I’ve recently been reading the work of some writers who’ve asked for notes and feedback.
I’ll make suggestions about how a script could look better (less text, more white space) or ask questions only they can answer (what’s a different way this could happen? how do we know this? does this play a key part in the story?), but I will never, ever tell them how I would do it or how they should do it.
It takes a while for a writer to find their individual voice. Don’t let somebody else tell you what it should be.