Writers who wait for the perfect words are doomed to a dreary purgatory of half-finished work.
If you’re keen to become an efficient writing machine instead of a dithering nitpicker, Enchanting Marketing has an infographic for you. The piece offers seven tips to pursue pragmatism (and productivity) over perfection, including:
- Perfectionists try to find the “best” ideas. Unfortunately, like Nessie, Bigfoot and Babe the Blue Ox, those probably do not exist. A pragmatist, however, chooses “a good idea and runs with it.”
- Research can be a huge time-suck for writers. According to the infographic: “A perfectionist aims to write the definitive guide. A pragmatist aims to share a valuable guide.” You might also consider putting a time limit on your research to prevent getting sidetracked by sea lions, “Full House” cast members, string theory or the founding of Greenland.
- What about first drafts? The infographic advises getting ideas onto paper (or the screen) instead of quibbling over “perfect sentences.” Get it in gear, and start writing.
- When it’s time to revise your work, the graphic says to handle “one task at a time,” whether that’s hunting for typos, improving flow or rewriting sentences.
There’s plenty more where that came from, so take some time to read the rest of the ideas below—just not too much time.