Writer’s Desk: Show Your Work

Writing is something we all have to do on our own. But eventually somebody else has to see it. Better that the first person you show it to is not your editor.

Zakiya Dalila Harris (The Other Black Girl) suggested showing your work:

Share your writing early with other people. Having other eyes on your work is crucial, especially when you’ve been cocooned in your work for so long. It’s important to open up your bubble…

She also suggested getting out in a different sense:

Also, be around people as much as you can. People-watch at the park. Work a job that requires you to talk to strangers…

The writer who is out in the world is the one who can be trusted to say something about it on the page that rings true.

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