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Accepting Good Is Good Enough For An Article May Sometimes Be The Best Strategy
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Accepting Good is Good Enough for An Article May Sometimes Be the Best Strategy

Are you one of those people who write an article, edit it and then keep editing and keep editing? It happens to all article writers especially if you’re new to it. Every writer wants their work to be ‘perfect’ or if not ‘perfect’ the very best you can manage. But having standards that border on perfectionism are not only stressful, but not conducive to writing. Sometime accepting good is good enough for an article may be your best strategy.

Here are 7 things for you to consider

1. Will you ever be satisfied?

Few writers are happy with their work. The chances are you’re never going to be fully satisfied with your work, so although it’s important to write to a good standard that standard might just have to be ‘good enough’.

2. Don’t rewrite

Unless an article makes no sense – there is no need to rewrite. A friend of mine told me today the he was on his 6th version of an article. Sixth! He was thoroughly fed up and I’m not surprised. He said that each one was getting worse than the last. I can well believe it. Don’t keep rewriting your article. Your stress levels will go through the roof!

3. Edit only when an article is complete

Editing before you've finished an article is awful. It’s time consuming and it’s easy for you to lose your thread and focus. If you’ve planned your article. Stick to the plan, write your article and only edit when it’s complete.

4. How many times should you edit?

I would recommend only twice. Your article writing, not writing that bestselling novel. Now I’m not pretending that an article isn’t important, but if you’re only writing 500 words you should write it, edit it once – put it away and then do a final edit before you publish or submit it to an article directory. If you keep editing you’ll probably find yourself starting to rewrite your article.

5. Some articles will work better than others

However hard you try your articles will not all be of the same standard. Some articles will flow better than others, some will just capture the right mood for the readers and others perhaps will miss the mark. That’s why sometimes you just have to accept is ‘good is good enough’. You’re not going to write a masterpiece every time you put pen to paper.

6. You’re not always the best judge

If you have someone who can give you some objective feedback – pass your article on to someone else to look at. Ask them if they can tell you one thing they liked and one thing that could be improved. This feedback can been really useful. You might also be surprised at how differently a reader sees your article from you.

7. Writing is an ongoing learning process

Accepting good is good enough is not a sign of letting your standards go. It’s being realistic. Even if you spent 10 hrs on a single article you may not be satisfied with it. Writing is an ongoing learning process and they only way you can improve is to keep practicing. Write to the best of your ability and once you have edited – publish it and then move on.

Summary

Unless you want to live in a permanent state of stress about your writing, sometimes you will have to accept that good is good enough. Doing lots of editing and rewriting can be counterproductive and will not necessarily ensure that you finish with a better article. Remember – writing takes practice.


Street Talk

Number 5 is such awesome advice, lol. Boy have I been there.

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  about 8 years ago

Hi coach, My wish to you is a very good morning and the next parts of the day. This is a rich and informative article. Thank you very much.

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  about 9 years ago
  

Thanks Geoffrey. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  about 9 years ago

Welcome

  
  about 9 years ago

Hey Beverly really good advise, I have been torturing myself with this one and got to the point where i just wasn't getting anything done and in the end decided I needed to do just as you suggested and just get on with it.

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  about 9 years ago
  

Hi Debbie. You really do. I know the struggle and it often flies in the face of people's attitude to do their best. However, we're often our own harshest critic which can get in the way of making progress. That's why sometimes you just have to accept good is good enough and move on.

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  about 9 years ago

Great article Bev, still have to stop myself doing some of these things. Regards Keith

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  about 9 years ago
  

Hi Keith. Even though I've written 100s of articles - I too struggle with some of these things.

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  about 9 years ago

nice article.

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  about 9 years ago
  

Thank you

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  about 9 years ago
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