This is one of those clichéd saying that does have a sliver of truth to it. I am actually my worst critic, probably not. There is going to be someone out there that doesn’t like the story. But I am aware of what the perfect version of my story is, not necessarily how it was written so I will tend to harsh on my writing. Trying to get the perfect story down on paper is nearly impossible, so I do the best that I can.
Being overly hard on my own writing came into light when I sent a copy of Dissonance out to an old high school friend, who spent years as an editor assistant. When I compared my notes with hers it was entertaining to say the least. There were passages where she would only have a word choice marked or grammatical issue stated, where on the same pages I was writing in 2 pt font to get all my notes marked in the margins.
Though, at other times I was not always writing more. There were pages where I had little to no notes and she had written a ton.
While at times I am my own worst critic, I still think outside advice on my writing is a necessary part of the writing process. Without outside critiques and input Dissonance would not be the book it is; some of my best ideas stemmed from an outside statement.