Greetings, all --
I'm new to the joint, have been lurking around a couple of days and am impressed with the breadth of writing experience here. It seems the ideal spot to ask one of the burning questions that's been plaguing me since I started my current novel (polishing the third draft now): do you ever become able to objectively judge the quality of your own writing?
I have days when I think it's pretty good, and days where all I want to do is lie in bed and moan. I know that the cure for this is probably to have some people read the manuscript and give me feedback, but I'm loath to subject it to that until I feel like it's really ready. How does one keep going, when you just don't know if you're 'good enough?' Do you more experienced folks find that your view of your writing skill has moderated over time -- become more realistic? Or is it one of those things you never really get an objective view about?