There are 3 ways that editing is killing your writing.
Do you want to write as much as you want? You can stop the madness.
There are a lot of reasons why we don’t share our work with the world. When it is time to publish, do you hesitate a bit?
Identifying the most common problems we face is what I will do. Overediting is the path we follow to honor our fear. I will not cover all of them here.
We will learn how to do the opposite and share more of our writing with the world once we identify the fear and behavior that goes with it. Most of our fears fall under umbrellas.
The water is cold, but you will adjust quicker than you think. Let’s do this! Are you prepared to dive in?
Goals without deadlines are what they are. There is no time limit.
The fear of loss is a powerful motivator. By a certain date, you pay your power bill, mortgage payment, and insurance premium. You lose comfort and security if you don’t.
I know, because I did this. Before they publish, some writers will edit forever. They don’t publish much. Readers don’t expect anything new every week without fresh work coming out on a regular basis.
Make time for everything in your life. There is work. Go. A family. There is creativity. You won’t be happy if you don’t have balance.
I am aware of it. Life is not easy. You get very busy. You need food on the table and a roof over your head if you want to work. You are irresponsible if you don’t take care of your family.
Each part is an hour. The process will take longer in the beginning, but as you get more experience the process will move faster. Other things won’t get done if you spend too much time on one thing. Set a time limit. If you want feedback, give yourself an hour to do it. Let it go.
If you just write a draft and then edit it later, your writing will take ten times longer than if you actually write it. The time killers.
Your work is a canvas. After a while the paper will start to degrade if you draw a portrait and erase and re-draw it. You will polish all the edginess out of your words if you edit too long.
It won’t be perfect. Get it on paper. You can come back and make something beautiful.
There should be a time limit for editing. Focus on three things. Don’t turn your writing into trash.
There are gaps in the information. Spelling and grammar are important.
That is it. What doesn’t add power to your message should be cut out.
Tomorrow you can do it again. Let it go when the time is up.
It is tempting to repeat the wisdom of the master. You aren’t saying anything new.
Tim Denning doesn’t have a website or mailing list. How dare he do that? He doesn’t know that every expert says you should have those things.
You are not plagiarizing. You are adding your own spin. If you only say the same thing with different words, you won’t go as far as you can.
There are 80,000 followers on within this website for him. He wrote for CNBC and Business Insider. Absolutely.
Don’t be afraid to challenge conventional wisdom. What works is more important. Tell us what you’ve experienced. Share your thoughts with us. Let us know what you think. Don’t copy for others. Isn’t he doing something right?
Don’t let fear hold you back. You will stand out in the crowd of trend chasers if you say something new.
You might make a commotion. There is fear of publishing.
You will not win over everyone in the world. People might make bad comments on your posts.
You could as well. What is the reason? No one can please everyone. Everyone has their own problems. One size does not fit all. Okay, okay. Is it possible to live with that?
To your preset deadlines, write and edit. With the time you have, do the best you can. Then hit publish and move on. You should publish anyway.
It sounds too good to be true. It is the key to productivity, growth, and maturity as a writer.
There is a lot of stuff in life. It has been that way. Take chances because risk is everywhere. Stick your neck out and minimize your exposure. Nobody will slit your throat if everything goes well. If they do that, bandage yourself up and move on. It is not.
I am not saying you shouldn’t do it. A Caveat Before We Go.
Don’t make your goal perfect. You should be smart about it. The parts of the brain used in writing and editing are different. Write that draft, take a break, then come back and look at it again.
Don’t make your goal perfect. I am going to say it again.
Make it simple. Focus on this instead.
They can take steps right away. There is a chance that the blocks that keep people from succeeding can be taken away.
You will make the difference if you write and edit with purpose.