Overcome Writer’s Block 6

15 Sep

Don’t edit your own work

I can hear you thinking “Annie is off her rocker this time” but I assure you, that not editing your own work can help you overcome writer’s block.

Here’s why –

You’re too close to your own words. You know what you wanted to say and when you didn’t say it right, when something messed that up and you decided to edit your own stuff, your brain said “hey, why bother here? I can’t write right anyway. What’s the point?”

Just like editing and formatting when you’re writing, your brain thinks it’s time to do something else. It gets conditioned to writing wrong and decides there are certainly better things to do.

So, send your editing to someone else. Your brain will not know that it messed something up and so when you go to sit down, it will think “Wow! I can do this! I’m good at this.” And writing becomes a joy again. But when your head thinks you can’t, it sabotages your work time, frustrating you in the end.

Now, I’m not talking about having someone else do your spell checking or your revisions, just have someone else read through it and point out places where it doesn’t flow as well as it could and that kind of thing. And certainly, it might be cumbersome to have someone edit your quick blog posts or short articles, but your major projects – like books, eBooks, and long sales letter type stuff – have an outside person go over them with a fine tooth comb.

And if you need an editor, my email is elsewhere on this blog. I’d be happy to help you out. Just shoot me a quick note.

In the next post, we’ll talk more about cleaning up, only this time, it’ll be having a clean workspace.

~Annie
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