Writing is social. I fought against this the moment I heard but when shortly after graduation when I was talking with some other writers… about writing… I realized that it’s true. So let me say it again for clarification:
WRITING IS SOCIAL!
There’s nothing you can do about it. As a writer you have a conversation with yourself about what to include in every piece, creative or otherwise. Don’t look at me like I’ve lost my mind. Just stay with me here. If you’ve ever questioned what made you write that sentence, you communed with yourself. Sounds a little risque when I word it that way, but whatever. After you’ve gone through your entire piece you take it to your Beta readers.
Now you all have to talk about this piece. Looks like you’re all working on the same project. What’s that word for that again…? Oh right!
…which comes under the heading of being…
So after you collaborate with your test subjects, you take it to an agent, who then communicates to you whether or not they like it.
If they like, you take the whole process to an editor. Who then does what your beta readers did only better.
And then after that you share it with new readers who actually bought your work.
Look at all those people who are involved in the process. Keep that in mind the next time you swat someone’s hand away from your writing journal. Keep that in mind when you don’t want to show anyone anything but a finished product. Show people your writing and be confident in it as well as receptive to criticism. What’s the worst that can happen? They won’t like it? They’ll suggest changes? All these things do is make your writing better!