Being a writer isn’t easy, being a good writer even more so and the blame is usually mostly on yourself. Yes, you. You try so hard, that you forget to enjoy the journey and appreciate your own work often enough.
You don’t need to write a master piece in one single draft, when you’re creating something new, you need to write down everything that comes into your mind. Forget about the quality of said content as that will come later, with reviewing and improvement, time and persistence.
Is there a little voice in the back of your mind, criticizing you all the time? Shut it down. Sometimes you just need to let your creativity flow.
Let’s talk about that perfectionist vein of yours… You claim that you like things well done and being perfectionist is an important part of putting out work of great quality, but… Let’s face it: most of the time, it’s just a way for you to procrastinate! Of course, a little perfectionism is a good thing but, enough is enough, and if it affects your productivity, you’re heading the wrong way.
I don’t need to explain this one, do I? Forget about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… Focus on what you’re doing and let people know that you are writing, either before you start or after you’ve finished it. Turn off your cell phone and tablet and avoid other people while you’re working. Believe me, you can do it and will most certainly be better off for it.
So what if your story isn’t as good as the stories from your favorite author? Stop comparing your work with his or hers and worry about writing to the best of your ability. Keep writing, coming up with and putting to paper plenty of stories, to keep improving on the quality of your work, step by step.
Please, first finish writing that one scene you were thinking about and in the end, read it over again and correct whatever you want, OK? When you’re writing, you’re using a part of your brain and if you stop it in order to start reading and polishing your last few lines of text, you’ll be using another one… So it’s like trying to listen to two radio stations at the same time on the same piece of equipment… just don’t. Write down everything you want to write for the day, let your ideas flow freely, and after that, you can read it over and improve upon it.
6. It’s not the end of the world!
You don’t have to be a Nobel Prize nominee for just about every single piece of your work. Free yourself from such stress and just write! Simply, calmly… You will get better, you know? If this one doesn’t end up as you had imagined you can always write another one. There’s always tomorrow!
2 thoughts on “You are your worst enemy: 6 tips to avoid spoiling your own work”
You’re right. I think I’m happiest when I’m only trying to do one thing at a time. I recently started learning grammar and punctuation rules, and that worsened my perfectionism. Now I see wrongly placed commas everywhere!
I should have delayed relearning grammar until I wrote my first draft.
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I totally understand. But: do not give up! 😉
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