You Are a Better Writer Than You Think You Are


It’s easy for writers to get a bad case of “perfectionism” and think that their copy is not good enough.

If you’ve ever written, and rewritten, and rewritten the same piece of writing again and again because it just didn’t seem right to you–then you know what I mean.

While I’m definitely in favor of Editing your work (got to nip those nasty typos in the bud wherever we can), I think writers are often too hard on themselves.

It’s easy to over think corrections. At least, I know I’ve been guilty of this (and I suspect other writers have been too).

Here’s a few quick fixes if you find yourself overworking a piece of copy:

  1. Let it breathe. Stop working on it-preferably for a day or so. When you come back, you’ll realize that what you’ve written is better than you thought.
  2. Let someone else review it. Not only will they be able to read your copy with a fresh eye, it’s proven that it’s easier to catch someone else’s typos and spelling errors.
  3. Review the requirements for the copy. You’ll probably find that you met or exceeded the requirements.

If you’re still hesitating to call the piece done, remember that you have to finish it sometime. Despite the perceived flaws in what you’ve written, it’s probably good enough. You’re a better writer than you think you are.

Oh, and if you do find that you’ve in fact written something terrible–forgive yourself. Okay? You’ll do better next time.

How about you? Do you struggle with perfectionist tendencies when it comes to your own writing?

Share your comments below.

Source http://www.writingthoughts.com/?p=1661
Tue, 31 Jan 2012 23:10:38 GMT
Tags: Featured, Inspiration, Perfectionism, Writing Inspiration,
Gilbert E-Commerce | Kolkata E-Commerce | Navi Mumbai E-Commerce | Fort Collins E-Commerce | McKinney E-Commerce | Atlanta E-Commerce | Minneapolis E-Commerce | Anaheim-Santa Ana-Garden Grove E-Commerce | St George E-Commerce | Walsenburg E-Commerce |

Featured


Create Portfolio Pieces by Promoting Your Own Writing Business

By Jennifer Mattern As a freelance writer your portfolio is a valuable marketing tool. But if you’re new to freelancing you may not have professional portfolio pieces you can show off. That’s okay! There are other ways to build samples of your

Should You Write Your Own Copy?

“Oh no they didn’t!” But sadly, yes they did. Once again I’ve run across someone who thinks that simply because they own a word processor and can type they can write their own web copy–even though they have no writing experie

How to Write for Social Media

So, you’ve decided to create a blog post. Or perhaps, you want to publish an article on an Internet magazine. Whatever it is, you will probably want to promote your piece through social media. If what you are writing is going end up online, pay atte

Inspiration


5 Freelance Lessons I Learned from Working in the Fast Food Industry

It’s funny where the little lessons on life stem from. I was surprised the other day to discover that many…

Six Sources of Writing Inspiration

Inspiration is a big part of writing, although I’ve found that it’s better not to wait idly for inspiration to come to me, but to forge on ahead and meet it in the middle. Still, some experiences are simply more inspirational than others. As w

10 Top Tips to Combat Procrastination

Procrastination can be dangerous for a freelancing business. If you put critical tasks off for too long you may find…

Perfectionism


5 Tips to Kick the Perfectionist Habit

Hello. My name is Mike. And I’m a recovering perfectionist. For a long time, I believed that being a perfectionist…

The Dangers of Freelancing Perfectionism

Are you a freelancing perfectionist? You know who you are. Even now, while you’re reading this very post about the…


Need Freelance Writer Market? Check out our member profiles:

Fort Collins
AnS International Web Design Profile
AnS International Web Design

AnS International specializes in web design, search engine optimization, web marketing, social media marketing, copywriting, and website hosting services. We are based out of Colorado.

Fort Collins, Colorado US
Kolkata
Navi Mumbai
Mckinney
thawriter.biz Profile
thawriter.biz

I write for the very reason I breathe. From journalism, PR and online content, to fiction/non-fiction, creative and ghostwriting, I produce effective messaging that sells!

McKinney, Texas US
Kolkata
Credence BPO Pvt Ltd Profile
Credence BPO Pvt Ltd

An ISO 9001:2008 certified and STPI registered company based in India, with offices in UK and USA. Our Services: Web Development, Design, Content & Article Writing, SEO, SEM, SMM, Native English.

Kolkata, West Bengal IN
Gilbert
Walsenburg
Goldenwebweaver Profile
Goldenwebweaver

Experience of this writer includes technical descriptions of testing procedures for testing of parts received in shipping. Non-fiction political commentary, and published in newspapers.

Walsenburg, Colorado US
Minneapolis
Cynthia Sowden Profile
Cynthia Sowden

Need an ad, a brochure, a video script, a feature article or web content? I give you creative copy, fast turnaround, and exceptional service. Writing, editing, proofreading at below-agency prices.

Minneapolis, Minnesota US
Free Design Quotes

June 27 #wclw writer chat – How are writers using Pinterest?

Hear how freelancers and other writers are using the image sharing network to advance themselves and



New Guest Post Guidelines

I’ve been bombarded with guest post requests lately, and it’s getting difficult to keep



How to Furnish Your Home Office on a Budget

When we work from home as freelancers, sometimes we don’t have much control over our work envi



Repeat Clients: The Key to a Successful Ghostwriting Business

Repeat business is, in my opinion, the secret to a successful ghostwriting career. There are two



Joan Bailey: How the Blogathon changed my writing career

A U.S. expat explains how she used the blogging challenge to learn about her new hometown, make f



Article Tags
Freelance Writer Market Articles
Marketing| writing| Featured| Freelancing| How-To| Blogging| Lifestyle| Inspiration| General| blogs| Work at Home Parents| Managing Clients| Magazine Writing| writing tips| Freelance Finance| Getting Started| productivity| Web Content| social media| Getting Clients|


Freelance Writer Market Valid HTML 4.0 Transitional Valid CSS!