Writing Tip

WRITING TIP

How do I know if something I have written is good?

I'll never forget the time I submitted a manuscript to Union Life Magazine during the '90's. The editor had liked previous articles, and she had printed each one. However, my most recent story contained a paragraph that did not resonate with me. Instead of eliminating the text, in my haste to get it in the mail, I sent it anyway.

Afterward I intuitively knew I had made a mistake.

Within the next couple weeks she sent me a letter telling me she did not like that paragraph, but they would "work" with my manuscript to get it "printable."

I told her to send it back to me, and I would re-write it.

I went through the same thing in 2006. I had written a speech to present to my Toastmasters club. I was uncomfortable with the introduction. I thought it was too long. Again, I refused to follow my intuition. After I gave the speech one of my evaluators said, "The first part of your speech was boring. I liked the rest of it."

TIP: Lesson learned: If I love what I have written others will love it too. If I am hesitant about anything I have written, either edit the piece or eliminate it altogether. Most important, always follow my intuition!

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ThunderKeys 5 years ago

That makes sense to me. People will love what we read particularly if they have the same interests etc.

Nice, short and practical writing Hub!

- Duddy.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK

That's it, having read three of your Hubs so far, I am convinced I should be a follower!


Sparklea 4 years ago

WHAT AN HONOR! Thank you from my heart! I just "followed" you also. I look forward to reading your hubs. Blessings always.


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YogaKat 4 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

This is a great tip . . . so simple. Thanks!


Sparklea 4 years ago

THANK YOU YogaKat! And thank you for taking the time to visit my hub :) Blessings, Sparklea :)


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Great advice for all endeavors! Up!


Chris Hugh 4 years ago

I agree about going with your intuition, but don't be too hard on yourself when you get negative feedback. You can't please everyone.


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EuroNinila 4 years ago from NYC BABY

Great advice, that I must take. Always listen to your gut feeling, it works. I will try it, thanks!


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

xstatic: I apologize, I did not get a notification you had commented on this hub. I've been missing alot of notifications lately!

That being said, THANK YOU for taking time to read this hub and your feedback. I have found that the tip I shared DOES truly work!

Thanks from my heart, Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Chris Hugh, just as I wrote to the hubber ahead of you, I was not notified of your comment, so I apologize...I just saw it now.

Thank you so much for reading this hub and for your input.

Yes, you are right, sometimes I can be hard on myself. Also, you are correct that you can't please everybody.

I so appreciate hearing from you. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Euronilila: Thank you very much for your comments. Our intuitions are very strong and I have learned, the hard way, that haste can truly ruin a manuscript. I did it with a book editor, and he trashed the whole thing. I was heartbroken, but I learned a very hard lesson.

Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

This is simply the best writing tip that can be learned. I think people notice if your heart isn't 100% into something you've written. I learned the hard way just like you have. This is a great hub, I'm glad you shared :)


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

THANK YOU Ryem! I'm currently working on a book, and I cannot believe what I have deleted! I also find if I write first thing in the morning when I have had a good night's sleep and a cup of COFFEE...my creativity is much better. I am useless at night when I am tired! SO appreciate your taking time to read this hub. God bless, Sparklea :)


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DDE 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Brilliant lesson to be learned for any writer thanks


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York Author

DDE: Thank you so much for reading this hub and for your feedback. This lesson was very hard to learn, after so many mistakes, and I hope it encourages anyone who reads my suggestion! Blessings, Sparklea :)

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