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!