Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Improve Your Writing Tenfold

If you’re subscribed to a good podcast, YouTube channel or blog, congratulations. You’re digesting information in the most efficient way possible.

After all, to sift through the cacophony of today’s news yourself is impossible. So it’s best to let an information specialist like Dave Pell filter the noise for you.

While I’m a fan of people who can chop up the latest news into delicious byte sized chunks, relying on clutter-cutters for your information isn’t without danger.

A news snippet is only part of the whole story. And as with anything that takes you a few hours to find, research and break down, it’s particularly sensitive to what mood you’re in during those critical hours.

So the person who you rely on to scan the internet won’t always be objective. He may be having an off day and feel sad. Perhaps cynical, pessimistic or just plain bad.

Whatever the emotion, it’ll likely sneak into the published work and give you a skewed perspective of the latest events

Something you won’t get when reading a work that’s been worked on, revised and edited over the course of many months. 

Like a book.

As someone who writes fairly often, I regularly find myself throwing out entire pages after a night’s rest gives me a far more interesting angle. And I almost always want to change an article even hours after it’s been published.

With just a little more time, I could have come up with better examples, better analogies, or better prose. Sometimes I’ll realize the piece’s argument is about as solid as loose stool water.

Since one bright example or slick phrase can turn around a mediocre piece of writing, you can’t spend enough time punching up your work. One extra hour could improve your writing tenfold.

So if you’re not on a deadline, take your sweet time. Don’t publish the first thing that came to mind. Because as Ernest Hemingway allegedly said, “The first draft of anything is shit.”

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach