Sharing writing with others is scary. Admit it. It is. We worry that we will be judged. We will! And, of course, this is the idea. If you want to just write in a diary and never share it with anyone else, then stop reading this article now. If, however, you are a writer who is writing for publication, then it is time to implement one or more of these tips so you can get the feedback you need and get your writing out for others to learn from, enjoy, or any of the other possible responses you may be looking for.
- Be part of a writers group. There is no special size for one of these groups, but either find a writers group in your community or start one. If you search the internet, you can find lots of tips about writing groups and how they should be organized if you want more information on that.
- Set parameters on what you are looking for when you give your work to someone for feedback. Tell the person you want him/her to read for flow, opening, characterization, next steps, or whatever else you might find useful. Pick ONE area for the other person to focus on. It helps the reader, it helps you, and it serves your writing.
- Ask for 3:1 ratio (or 35:1) "good" vs. "needs work." If part of what you fear is someone telling you what you've written is terrible, ask them to give you three aspects that are well done for every aspect that is not so well done (i.e., needs work or is terrible). Lay out the ratio you want.
- Ask someone who is in awe of you. If you are fearful about what someone will say about your writing, ask someone who thinks you are a god or goddess. They will give you lots of positive feedback because they are in awe of you. This is a step toward the next tip.
- Ask someone you are in awe of. If the person says, "Yes," and gives you feedback, you will benefit both from the feedback and from knowing you were brave enough to ask (as well as from the person's acknowledgment of you, i.e., a willingness to take the time to read and respond to your writing).
So, if you have been reluctant to receive input on your writing, choose at least one of these ideas to put into practice this week. And then choose another and then another in the upcoming weeks. See what a difference it makes.
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