7 tips for speedier, more pragmatic writing
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.
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