Why you love your writing
I usually believe my posts are brilliant when I draft them.
Do you think the same of your writing?
I am not arrogant or delusional, and you aren't either. However, we are thinking wrong.
When it comes to my writing, I lose objectivity and fall in love with my words.
I even try to consciously avoid this love affair.
Admit it. You think everything you write is brilliant too.
This is natural, and love for your words is actually positive. If you thought all your writing sounded stupid, you would lose confidence and quit writing.
Don't let that happen.
Falling in love is a defense mechanism in the case of writing. You avoid crushing your self confidence, essential for an author.
You fall in love with your blog posts because you are a brilliant person, and you should embrace this self identity. Your confidence helps your words to sparkle and motivates productivity.
In reality, however, first drafts suck. Yes, all of them.
They lack precision, cohesion, unity, and brevity. This is normal because when drafting, you put your ideas on the page as quickly as possible, staying in the writing zone, focused.
But speed compromises quality in writing.
There is no great writing, only great rewriting.
Your first drafts suck, so what should you do?
Do not lose heart.
First, recognize that all writers experience the love affair. Mediocre and poor writers go no further. They click the publish button and forget about it.
Second, realize that excellent writers spend a huge amount of time rewriting. This is true of almost every great writer (few exceptions).
Third, remind yourself that you are an excellent writer, and so you will spend much of your time revising your work, and you won't be satisfied until you have slaughtered the post and rebuilt it to perfection. This is the art of great writers.
More than a half, maybe as much as two-thirds of my life as a writer is rewriting. I wouldn't say I have a talent that's special. It strikes me that I have an unusual kind of stamina.
Tough love tactics to save your writing
Specific strategies will improve your writing and make it deserving of your love.
Lots of methods exist, but bear in mind that they all require hard work: equal to or more difficult than drafting.
Solid steps to improve and perfect your stinky first drafts include:
Obviously, you could use many other strategies and this list is not complete or perfect. However, the remedies should give you a place to start in breaking up the love affair with your post.
These techniques are challenging, but the more you practice, the easier and more natural they become. You will be surprised to see how much your writing improves.
I would sure appreciate any revision tips you have. I am always adding to my list. In a comment below, would you please share your strategies and successes? How do you revise? If you have any questions, ask them, and I promise to answer.
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By Darin L. Hammond
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