Write First, Edit Later

Early in my career, I always used to try to edit the content I was writing in real-time.

I’d write a paragraph, read it, re-write it, re-write it again, delete it, write it again.

I never understood the purpose of going back after you finish a piece of writing to revise and edit.

My FIRST version was always my FINAL version, and I took pride in never needing to go back.

It took me a long time to realize how inefficient and stifling this style of writing actually was.

I was spending all my time trying to make things perfect instead of just letting all my thoughts and ideas flow out.

I’ve since learned that there is a lot of value in producing an imperfect first draft.

There is a lot of value in allowing yourself to come back to a piece of content to evaluate it with fresh eyes.

There is a lot of value in admitting to other people that what you wrote isn’t quite there yet and inviting them to collaborate with you on the next version.

Seeking perfection on a first draft not only slows you down, it also ruins the creative process and makes it A LOT harder to produce a great message that can hit the mark.

Don’t worry about getting it right the first time. Let the ideas flow, invite others to help you refine, then come back later to polish.