I’ve heard it said before, but I wanted to be the one saying it this time. When you are writing something, write it for yourself first. You are both your first audience and your biggest critic. Try to slip into the role of audience and leave that critic behind. Let others decide if your work is good enough with reviews and their critique. Someone is going to enjoy it.
That of course brings us to another point. Don’t choose a primary reader who is your family, excluding spouses. Spouses should be able to read anything you’ve written and maybe they’ll raise an eyebrow or give you a funny look, but they’ve been married to you how long and they don’t know that you’re a weirdo yet?
Your primary, first reader should be someone you know well and someone you trust and someone who you think will enjoy the subject matter…
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