New Writers: Wait Before Publishing Your Work!

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Readers respect high quality writing. If your articles are written in a strong and error-free manner, people take you seriously. Your message comes through clearly. Compelling, clear, error-free writing is what people expect when they come to your page. Give them what they expect.

Why Put off Editing?

Rushing to submit the article as soon as it is finished is perhaps the most common mistake all new (and many experienced) writers make. There is certainly thrill in seeing the article published, but it pays to develop some patience. Why? Because there is still scope for improvement in all freshly completed articles. Having good ideas and writing good articles is certainly great but it also must be error-free and free-flowing to provide good reading experience.

Remember, when you write it is the subconscious creative mind at work. It produces creative and powerful words, images and ideas. It is different from the conscious mind that enables you to take the role of a critical “editor”. It helps if a new writer uses these two parts of the mind one-at-a-time.

Following the simple steps outlined below will help improve the quality of all your work before submitting for publishing.

1. Put the Article in the “Cold Storage”

It is rather difficult to spot errors right after an article is completed because the mind is still subjective and in the auto-correct mode. It helps to review the article with a fresh and objective mind. In fact, most, if not all, experienced writers do this. They put the freshly written article aside as if in a “cold storage” for a while (few hours, a day, or even several days) before coming back to review/edit it. A good thumb-rule is to revisit and edit the article only when all the memory of writing it has faded away.

Even if you are really excited about what you wrote try delaying submission for at least few hours. For example, if you complete an article in the morning hours, wait till evening to review it. I have personally developed the habit of allowing the mind to “cool off” for a day or two. I can now clearly see the rewards in terms of improvement in overall quality of my published articles.

2. Review Objectively

Since we are only too familiar with our own writing, it is hard to find errors because while reading the mind goes in the auto-correct mode – it misses the innocent errors and fills the gaps automatically. Therefore, objectivity is most important. You must look at the article as if you are critically examining someone else’s work.

3. What to Look for

While most word-processors can point out and fix spelling errors, grammatical errors need closer examination. Therefore, it helps to read aloud or haltingly. You would also like to see if ideas are flowing smoothly from sentence-to-sentence and paragraph-to-paragraph. Finally, if you have used some facts or figures, their accuracy must be re-established.

Fill your paper with the breathing of your heart. – William Wordsworth

4. Giving the Final touch

I have often ended up rewriting almost the whole article while reviewing it. When the memory of writing the article has faded away, you may frequently come up with fresh and better ideas to reorganize the same content. When you think the article is perfect read it yet again to ensure it is error free.

Editing/reviewing is certainly a cumbersome process but wisdom demands that it must not be skipped in haste. And you are doing it for your readers. They must not be put off by glaring or avoidable errors. When they discover that they are reading a well thought of and free flowing error-free article they are inclined to take note of it and revisit your pages. Resisting the temptation to submit articles in hurry and taking pains to edit them later carefully certainly pays off in the long run. Hence, allowing a “cooling off” period and waiting before submitting your work is the wise thing to do.

10 Quotes on Writing

  • If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor. – Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. – Ernest Hemingway

  • Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret. – Matthew Arnold

  • There are two kinds of writer: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder. – Brian Aldiss

  • A writer should say to himself, not, How can I get more money?, but How can I reach more readers (without lowering standards)? – Brian Aldiss

  • It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous. – Robert Benchley

  • He was such a bad writer, they revoked his poetic license. – Milton Berle

  • There is probably no hell for authors in the next world -- they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this. – C. N. Bovee

  • Being a poet is one of the unhealthier jobs--no regular hours, so many temptations! – Elizabeth Bishop

  • A best seller was a book which somehow sold well simply because it was selling well. – S. Boorstein

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I am a keen practitioner of mindfulness meditation for past several years. I firmly believe in "goodness" of people, society and world. I regularly write on personal growth and social topics.

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author avatar Buzz
3rd Apr 2012 (#)

Amen, amen!

And definitely not on Wikinut right now. The umbilical cord to your page views are shut down, hopefully not irretrievably. Can you imagine a site taking much too long to restore the most important thing to its existence!!!!!

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author avatar Buzz
3rd Apr 2012 (#)

You're one Goodpal that we thought as the most Badpal ever, for you never, ever commented on your good followers, contradicting whatever articles you published!

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author avatar Goodpal
4th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks Buzz, for sharing.

There is always scope for improvement, no matter how much effort we might have put in. But realism, not perfectionism, should buzz us into taking action, ie, pressing the "Submit" button!

Cheers!!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
3rd Apr 2012 (#)

oh dear me but this is very interesting...

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
3rd Apr 2012 (#)

I agree! One of the things that I have found is that you must switch from writing mode to editing mode and then from editing mode to publishing mode. There are distinct differences for each.

Editing is where you will detect the errors and you have to be critical and harsh. Tear into your article as if you were marking an essay submitted to you from someone else. Fix the problem - then do it all over again.

Publishing is about finding potential for links to you own or other people's work and ensuring there are informative links in place. Think of it as an opportunity to self-advertise.

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author avatar Goodpal
4th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks Peter for pointing out the "Publish mode". That's what counts ultimately!

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
4th Apr 2012 (#)

Ditto Buzz. Thanks for sharing nice article.

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author avatar Goodpal
4th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks Karim, for sharing. Please keep visiting.

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author avatar Val Mills
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Good advice and reminder for even the experienced.

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author avatar Goodpal
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Yes Val, it certainly needs disciplined consistency to keep producing good work.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Apr 2012 (#)

Great advice, thanks Goodpal...

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author avatar Goodpal
6th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks Delicia. It is always a pleasure to have around to share.

Cheers!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks for very useful tips and guidelines, Goodpal, though a tough act to follow! I know I have to try harder to make a difference. Having published five hundred articles in different sites, I have taken care not to make glaring, grating mistakes that put off readers. Cold storage, cooling off period could be tough on many including me! siva

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author avatar Goodpal
6th Apr 2012 (#)

I admire your staying power and consistency to have written so many articles and still going strong! Experience does take care of many early shortcomings, but discipline and self control have no substitutes.

Thanks for sharing. Do keep visiting.

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author avatar Noreen Ann Snyder
12th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks, Goodpal, for a valuable, important article. Well done! Have a great day!

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author avatar Goodpal
13th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks Noreen, Wish you a wonderful day too! Do keep visiting.

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