Write without Fear, Edit without Mercy
I've told many people I'm a wannabe writer. Now, closing on 350 articles, I still feel like a wannabe. That's because I'm a much better editor than writer.
I still quibble over words and have to remind myself to move on - but now that happens in 10 seconds instead of 3 minutes.
If writing is what's holding you back from publishing a blog or newsletter, here's what you need to know:
- Write something instead of nothing. Maybe you'll change it later, but it's a start.
- Write when you're inspired. That might mean making time to get inspired.
- Don't set goals about the number of words. Write only as much as you need to, as opposed to a 500 word essay.
- Don't get stuck choosing words. Pick one and move on.
- Spend twice as much time editing as you do writing.
- Have a time gap between when you write and when you edit. You'll have fresh eyes a day later.
- Get someone else to proof. Next best option is to proof by reading out loud.
- If you're not a great writer, get a good editor.