"Is my writing good enough?" is a question I get a lot from Soul-o-preneurs and writers in general. When it comes to writing, What's good enough, anyway? Who defines this level of "enough?" Perhaps we ask this question to avoid the hard work of defining what is good enough for us, or maybe we've simply not had enough practice to know what is good enough without outside validation. If this is the case, having an expert weigh-in on our writing is really helpful.
However, being "good enough" is subjective. If you want to know if your words appeal to your audience, ask them. Your audience will appreciate that you're inviting them in to help create a clear message.
One thing to ask yourself is, "Who gets to decide what is good enough?"
If you want to define "good enough" for yourself, focus on these six critical features.
1. Gain Super-fans
If you want to be a successful writer (as defined by you), all you need are 1,000 super fans. You'll get these super-fans by sticking to your values and staying on path. Don't quit before the miracle. As you gain super fans, you'll begin to see that your writing is good enough.
2. Take a Look Back
When you go down the rabbit hole of old writings, blog posts, articles, or content, you'll see that your writing has improved over time and through practice.
3. Good grasp of grammar, spelling, and punctuation
Grammar, spelling, and punctuation are just part of what makes for a good piece of writing, but they are essential.
Don't worry if you've not had much formal training in editing. Many great writers approach editing more intuitively.
If you're confident about the basics, there's a strong chance you're good enough.
4. Spotting Sloppy Writing by Others?
Do you ever find yourself frowning at poorly written copy, or giving up on a novel after too many clunky sentences?
If you train yourself to find errors, this will help your writing skills improve, too.
Action Plan: Next time you come across a poorly-written article, web page, or story, print it and go through it with an editor's eye. You don't have to tell anyone, but it will help improve your writing and editing skills!
5. Do the best you can
Each piece of writing is a snapshot of your current knowledge and skills. Ideas, skills, and voice will continue to develop and evolve. We're all doing the best we can.
Understand in your heart of hearts, that you've written the best you can at this point in
time. Take a look back from time-to-time to see your improvement in real time, and you can even rewrite your past articles to improve them. I know radical idea, right?!
6. Let go of your attachment to your sacred words
It's easy to feel attached to your writing. We see our writing as an expression of who we are. Our ideas and sacred words feel like our delicate babies that we have to care for and worry about.
Truthfully, when you've decided a piece of writing is ready for the world, you have to let go, just like you would a teenager. Your sacred words are not precious, delicate, immature babies. Stop worrying and commit to your writing practice. I always say, "your words won't bleed, cut them."
You'll learn more and improve faster when you keep writing and publishing on a small scale—blog posts, newsletters, social media posts. When you feel confident with the small stuff, then move to the big stuff, like that book you have in mind. Yeah, I see you hiding out there!
Keep writing. You're already good enough just for showing up.