Dear reader, let me ask you a couple of questions. Have you let someone else read what you have read outside the classroom or the school environment? Were you nervous of what he or she would say about your writing? After the other person read your work, and made comments, did you see your writing improve as a result of what he or she made comments on?
Letting other people see your writing outside the school environment can help improve your writing and see things from a new perspective. Now, I’m not saying that letting people see your work at school is a bad thing, but letting people outside school see your work can let the you see the piece of writing from a new perspective. It might be a little daunting at first, but it might eventually become a part of your own writing process.
So one question that might be asked is where to start. Who should you let see your work first? The people closest to you are your family, so try starting from there. Present the piece of writing to one or both of your parents and ask them to make comments. That’s where I started. I took my writing to my dad and asked him to read it focusing only on the content and if it made sense. I then asked him to read it again with knowledge of the subject and see if the argument that I was making was pertaining to the subject. After he had read it and made comments, I then saw what I could do better with the piece of writing.
Community doesn’t only have to be your family. It can be your friends, former or present teachers, or relatives. Anyone who you trust to read and comment on your work can be counted as your own personal community. Your community will continue to grow as you meet new people and at the end of the day, you will become a stronger and better writer. Try sharing your writing with those you trust and see the results for yourself.