Friends Don’t Let Friends Read Their Writing

“A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
– Thomas Mann (1875-1955)

Despite whatever words might come out of their mouths (“Sure, I’d love to…” “I’d be thrilled…”), they do not want to be asked to do this favor.

It’s only natural. We all do it. We emerge from our writing cave with something we think could be great. Maybe even awesome. Maybe even world revolutionary.  The temptation to share the possible masterpiece with the very next person you encounter is nearly irresistible. But as Yoda the Jedi Master would put it:  “Resist you must!”

“Resist you must” because most friends haven’t a single clue how to respond or react to your writing. And the ones who do – or think they do – are even worse.  Both ate potentially lethal to your writerly ambitions.

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