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Writing Tip

Updated on August 26, 2011


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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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      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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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Brilliant lesson to be learned for any writer thanks

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      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 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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      Ryem 5 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 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      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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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      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 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      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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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 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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      Chris Hugh 5 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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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Great advice for all endeavors! Up!

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      Sparklea 5 years ago

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

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      YogaKat 5 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

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

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      Sparklea 5 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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      Alexander Gibb 5 years ago from UK

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

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      ThunderKeys 6 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.