By Joe Williams
Good advice is valuable when you actually take it and put it into action. You can read all the self-help books in the world, but they’re a waste of money if you aren’t using the information that you learn.
I’ve found that testing myself is the best way to figure out where I’m at with my writing and determine how to get where I want to go.
By test yourself, I mean put your work out there for someone to read.
Testing yourself requires you to understand what you’re in for. After your work is read and analyzed by someone, the flaws will show themselves.
Embrace them instead of being discouraged. This will help you grow.
In a competitive field (like writing) and with everything going on in your life, it’s easy to get scared and not want to show your writing off to anyone.
Feeling this way is the first step. Realize what’s not working for you and fix it.
So many writers will spend time working on something and never let anyone else read it.
I say, test yourself. Give something you’re not sure of to a neutral third party and see what he/she thinks. It can be anyone, even if they’re not a writer too.
Take their advice or leave it, but either way, put yourself out there and get some feedback on your writing.
Testing yourself will help you see what you need to work on. This is an important part of creating a final product that you’re happy with.
And it’s especially important if you plan on selling your work at some point.
About the Author: Joe Williams is rock-n-roll singer/songwriter. He creates original writing daily, and believes it’s important for writers to find their own style.