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How Do You Know If Your Writing Is Good Enough?

“As a beginner, I have no clue how to gauge if my writing is good enough.”

 

These were the words of a new freelance writer to me.

You may have asked this yourself.

I know I have. I’ve even asked it more than once.

And in the 4 years that I’ve been freelancing, the easiest way I’ve found to know if what I’m doing is good or better, if it’s great, is by asking for feedback.

So, here are 4 ways you can approach this:

Get an 11 or 12-year old child to read what you wrote.

If they understand the scope of your topic, even if they don’t know anything about it then you’ve written it clearly enough.

Ask your client directly.

When you submit your article, always take the initiative to ask for your client’s feedback. And whether what they say is good or bad, don’t take it personally.

Then use their feedback as a stepping stone. This way when you write the next articles for them or another client, you know what’s good or not in terms of these businesses.

Remember, it’s feedback about the article not you as a person.

If you’re at a loss on how to do this, feel free to steal my spiel:

“Dear (client’s name),

Attached is the article for your review. Let me know what you think about it and if you need anything revised.”

If you’re dealing with an editor then that’s better because you get a pro to look at your article.

Get the help of a seasoned writer, or better, an editor.

A seasoned writer can help you see if the flow of your writing is good. But an editor can provide more insights on your areas for improvement.

Here’s a site where writers can get free critique of their articles. You might also connect with an editor in the FB Group, “Freelance Writers Guild of The Philippines,” if you’re a Filipino.

Read your work aloud

On the other hand, if you still prefer to check your articles by yourself, then reading it aloud will help.

I always and I mean ALWAYS read my articles aloud to myself.

And when something sounds off when I say it, then I know it’s not good enough.

But yes, I’m sometimes stubborn and still use a word or phrase that isn’t needed.

However, if this is your choice, here’s an editing checklist by Hubspot that you can use.

That’s it for now.

There are still some things I want to say about this common concern of not being good enough so I hope you stay with me and watch out for next week’s post.

Thanks and enjoy your weekend!

This post first appeared on my previous email newsletter “Web Writer’s Nook” via Aweber.