Confession: I am not my own worst critic.

This fact goes against The Writer’s Code. Shouldn’t I feel embarrassed by my writing? Shouldn’t I review my words on the page and cringe?

not my own worst critic

Photo by Angelica (creative commons). Adapted by The Write Practice.

 

But if we’re really being honest, I often like my own writing. And honestly? I suspect I’m not as alone as it generally sounds.

If you also missed the your-own-worst-critic boat, high five. Take a moment and bask in your confidence.

What You Need if You’re NOT Your Worst Critic

But, we have to remember a few things so our confidence doesn’t get in the way of creating our best possible work.

1. You need outside feedback.

Even more than most writers, outside feedback is critical for us. While loving our own words can be a blessing, it can also be a curse—we need others to point out our writing’s weaknesses, because we aren’t as good at seeing it for ourselves.

2. Think about feedback before discarding it.

But it’s not just about getting the feedback, what you do with it matters, too. Our confidence can make it harder to fully consider critique. Before dismissing a comment from an editor, mull it over.

How would a given suggestion play out in your overall work? Think it all the way through before dismissing it.

3. Develop your own editor’s eye.

Even with all that outside feedback, we’re still going to improve our writing more over time if we can hone our internal editors. We don’t have to stop loving our writing, but being able to identify ways to make it even better can only bring good things.

So sure, it may go against the writer stereotype to like your own writing, but that doesn’t mean you need to feel self-conscious about it. Hold your head high. But make sure you have your blind side covered. Follow these three tips to keep your work improving, even when you love it.

How do you feel about your own writing? Are you your own worst critic? Share in the comments section.

PRACTICE

Take fifteen minutes to start writing a story. Then, go back and review it. How do you feel about your writing? What are you happy with? What could be stronger? Share your draft and your thoughts in the comments!