Welcome to How to Keep Writing Wednesdays, where you'll find a boost of encouragement to help you keep the words flowing.
Seeking feedback on your writing can be an invaluable tool for revising your work. But first, you need to set some ground rules.
If you choose to share your writing with someone, you have to be clear as to why you’re sharing it and why you’re sharing it with them (instead of someone else). What are you expecting in return? If you want feedback, tell them what kind of feedback you’re looking for.
Positive feedback is when they tell you what they like about the piece. That’s it. Nice things only, please.
Helpful feedback or critique is when they get specific about what works and what doesn’t. Some people love to look for problems and can go a little nuts here. Tread carefully when asking for this kind of feedback and make sure you’re asking someone who knows how to give effective constructive criticism.