When (and How) to Ask for Feedback on Your Writing

As I mentioned in my last post, sharing your writing too early (or sharing it with the wrong people), is one of the fastest paths to writer’s block. Lord knows I’ve been there myself, as well as coached plenty of writers back from the brink of despair caused by well-meaning (but unhelpful) feedback. Along the way, I’ve come up with the following process for protecting yourself and your writing. Stage 1: Shitty First Draft When your writing is new (and still vulnerable), the last thing you want to do is ask for detailed feedback. Why? Because you’re just getting your ideas down on the page at this point—you’re still playing, still exploring. Chances are, you don’t even fully know what you have quite yet. The writing is changing and growing, and so are you. That’s why the only kind of feedback I recommend […]

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