Triangulate Feedback

Be voracious in seeking insights into drafts, but be strategic: triangulate your feedback.

I find it best to get no less than three opinions on the same draft or rough cut, preferably from people with differing points of view. If I only ask one person, their opinion become outsized. It’s tempting to implement all their suggestions. The problem is every viewer/reader brings a unique perspective. If I try to satisfy each in turn, I end up like a leaf blowing in the wind. If I ask multiple people, I can analyze their responses, pinpoint problem areas, and come up with solutions that address multiple people’s concerns and feel true to the story I’m trying to tell.