How do you know whether you’re writing well?

How do you know whether you are writing well?

There’s only one test that really matters: when your audience understands your information and is moved to act in accordance with your goals.

But how will you know when this happens?

The odds are pretty good that, early in your career anyway, you won’t have any automatic indicators. Sometimes you will be writing a decision paper, and your decision will be adopted as the company line, and this is a good self-test.

But this won’t happen often; more often than not early in your career your writing will not be directly acted upon.

Usually you’re going to have to solicit feedback.

What else would you add?