Can you trust?
I'm pretty new to writing and recording music and by now only have a handful of tracks under my belt and a couple of music videos. I've learned a lot from the last couple of months about writing from working with different producers and artists. One of my biggest learning curve was writing to a beat. I used to write whatever came to mind and try to make my words fit to the beat but now I write to the beat and make my words fit the beat; this way is much easier to record.
One of the other things that I have recently learned is to count my syllables when I write to make my punch lines land on the kick drum. This was very difficult for me because I don't like taking out words I already have written down but by taking them out it sounds much better. Even though in my mind my music sounds good and my lyrics are spot on for my life but when I get other people to listen to my music to give me feedback, I never know if they're telling the truth or not. For example, not to be disrespectful to the people I work with, but since I pay them, I never know if what I have recorded is good or bad and whether they think it's good or bad because for them it might just be a pay cheque.
I guess the end result depends on whether I like the way it sounds and what I'm saying, and if I like the end result, chances are other people will like it too.