When I started writing, I used to craft each sentence painstakingly until it was perfect, before moving on to the next one. Needless to say, writing took ages. Sometimes I needed two days to finish an article. Two days!
That of course was not good enough if I wanted to make a living out of it. By the end of the day, nobody was willing to pay two full day wages for a piece of article. Change was needed.
That’s when I decided to stop editing. No, not completely. Only in a first stage.
You see, I wanted to catch the natural flow of context, the personality and the thought process. Therefore I began writing without breaks – continuously. Only when the article was finished, then I was editing it. Not right away though. The best way to proof read is to close the document and take a break. Go for a walk, take the dog to a park, go jogging or just watch Dragon’s Den on your iPad. Your brain will be refreshed and you will look at your content with ‘new’ set of eyes – and see objectively what needs changing.
Don’t expect to write a perfect content
Perfectionism is as bad as procrastination. It is better to upload content ‘half-baked’ than not upload it at all out of fear of being judged. Can I tell you a secret? People won’t read your content as watchfully as you think. They will scan. And that imperfect word that you used? They won’t even notice…