1. Start by sharing it with just one person you like — even if it’s just to say, “Hey I’m sharing this with you because I’m proud of it, don’t feel pressured to give feedback or even read it.”
2. Don’t ask for feedback in general — just throw it out there with a “hey I wrote a cool thing” attitude.
3. Hit that share/post button and LOG OUT. The worst thing you can do is sit around and wait for someone to say something … because it probably won’t happen instantly, and you don’t need that kind of stress in your life.
4. Don’t worry about “bragging.” You wrote something and it deserves to be shared!
5. Jealousy will bring out the worst in people — even the people you know and genuinely trust. If someone is overly harsh — if that does happen, which it probably won’t — it’s not your fault.
6. We are our own worst critics. It’s OK to not be confident, but don’t let it stop you from getting your work out there.
7. The worst that could happen is that someone doesn’t like your story. At the end of the day, that isn’t the end of the world … as long as you’re still proud of what you’ve accomplished.
8. Celebrate big time once you do share what you’ve written! Even small victories deserve chocolate.
9. The only person that has the right to tell you whether or not you “should” be a writer is you!
10. Don’t wait for someone to give you the “green light” to keep writing once you’ve shared a thing you wrote. Just keep writing. The only way to get better is to keep practicing and learning as you go.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is an editor and writer, and a 12-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food, and Star Wars.