Just a quick mid-day word of would-be wisdom. I was thinking about forensic casework this morning for some reason, I was in particular remembering how important it was to be confident. Before any analysis was completed and prior to the writing of any reports, the lab supervisor would sit down with the techs and walk through our notes. The single most important thing we had to do was to be confident in our conclusion. If we felt something was indeterminate we could say so and if there was a technique we didn't know we could indicate that as well. But we had to trust our measurements, trust our impressions, and trust our conclusions. And we had to talk as if we believed ourselves.
If we didn't, the supervisor would be uneasy, and would start peering closely at the reports. And then everyone would be miserable, the work would be redone, and you'd end up quibbling over measurements that, in end, you may have done wrong but to a degree that had zero impact on the outcome of the analysis -- but once there's uneasiness, it's a double-check not a walk-through, and once an error is found if you look shaky, the floodgates are open.
This is key to your writing. Be confident when you're writing. Know you're saying what you want to say, how you want to say it. And be confident when you're talking to others about your writing. Respect yourself and your work.
When you do this, your readers and your crit partners will approach your work with a difference sort of confidence, too. They will enjoy the experience more, and you will get a higher level of feedback.