I was recently asked by Goodreads to give my best piece of advice to aspiring writers. Thought I’d share my answer here:
Fresh Eyes!! You know what you wanted to write. You know what you wanted to convey. But it is only when you share your writing with others that you will truly know if you accomplished what you meant to accomplish. It is extremely stressful and humbling to hold up your work to the scrutiny of others but if you can find a few trusted readers, and you can open your mind to their opinions, suggestions, and questions, your work will only get stronger. I find that my readers are invaluable at showing me where there are cracks or inconsistencies in my work. I don’t always agree with their solutions but their fresh eyes are priceless when it comes to identifying issues big and small within my writing.