Public Practice is a term used to describe the learning process of creative people through which they showcase their work – getting feedback useful feedback in the process.
It’s hard. Scary even to put your work out there.
Marcy McKay relates this feeling to stripping naked in the village square.
Here’s my story:
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember – many years – but for most of this time nobody knew. I just wrote, read them myself and hid them from anyone else and wrote again and read them and hid them again and so the cycle continued.
You can rightly guess that I never got really better through these years. I was writing for myself and that’s all that mattered.
This continued until a friend of mine bumped into a motivational piece I’d written. I can remember that Wednesday evening when he ran to me with the piece of paper and said:
“Gideon, this really touched me!”
And that was it. From that moment onwards I’d been writing for a readership, decided I’d write a book and that was the how I started writing consistently.
You see, I say it often:
Writing is Incomplete without readership. whether you like it or not. Even if you are writing for yourself, all writing is meant to be read. The writing craft is not a hideous one, you must show.
Benefits of public Practice
Below are 3 Epic benefits of public practice to writers.
1. It helps you get better faster
public practice is the best way to get better faster. It opens you up to feedback of all sorts from critics to fans, giving you ample critique/criticism as well as some raves. There’s no two ways about it, if you want to develop and succeed in this craft then you must showcase your work.
2. It helps in measuring your progress.
You can’t improve what you can’t measure. It helps you stay focused – serves as a way of tracking what you’ve done, helps you better see where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re headed. Practicing in public helps you gauge your development and challenges you to improve daily. It puts you under the requisite pressure of doing work that ensures you get better day by day thus keeping you accountable.
3. It helps you build an audience for your craft.
Putting your work out there is a great way to garner attention for your work. Humans are drawn by sight. We pay attention to what we see. This means you get more and more followers of your craft day by day.
Public Practice is your one Way ticket to turning pro as a creative. You can’t neglect it.
Don’t let the intimidation of getting started, stop you from showing your work.
Start showing your work today!
Question: what’s your experience with practicing in public?
Also published on Medium.