Lately I’ve been posting less frequently, and it’s mostly because of my crazy compulsion to craft perfect posts. Of course, I’ve never crafted a perfect post. I know that I never will craft a perfect post. But that doesn’t stop me from editing and re-editing and re-re-editing every bloomin’ clause that makes it into the draft box.
A writer friend with a similar problem shared the following quote from James Chartrand of the Men with Pens blog. It was an effective verbal slap-in-the-face.
” … the medium of your message isn’t as important as you think it is. People don’t get excited over ‘perfect’ writing. They don’t leave comments that say, ‘Wow, that was some damned fine editing.'”
No. People get excited about the message you have to share. Not your ‘perfect’ writing.
And if you’re preventing yourself from letting people see your writing because you’re stressing over the perfection of it … well, your message never makes it out there to the people you want it to reach.
So give yourself permission to write what you need to write in the way you want to write it. Stop stressing over what people will think of your work. That’s not important. Start getting excited about sharing your message instead – and making sure that the people who need to hear it actually do.
Your writing doesn’t matter. Your message does.”