Friday, September 14, 2012

Writing Articles (Part 20 of 21)

Stop. Let go.

When I finished the eighteenth draft of my first article, I knew I couldn’t improve it. Today I could, but that was the best I could do then. An editor or someone else might make it better, or in another year I might have developed my skills enough to make it better. But not then.

To myself I said aloud, "This is the best I can do at this stage of my development." I still repeat those words before I send in a manuscript. It’s my way to let it go.

Someone told me, "I have to decide if I will release my imperfect manuscript or hold on to the perfect manuscript inside my head."

When I can say, 
"This is the best I can do at this stage of my development," 
I give myself permission to stop.

2 comments:

  1. Cec, this is the single best piece of advice that I needed to hear this week! When I read this, it frees me up to submit lots of pieces to periodicals. I've only been writing for one year. Will I grow and look back at these pieces & find where I could've written better? Most likely. But when I let God use my words, at this stage of my development, I can let go and be freed up to continue growing. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom!

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  2. This short piece is priceless. I reposted in on my facebook page. Our writing can accomplish nothing until we let it go. Thanks for the reminder.

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