Hi SEers, John is with you today. It is a brand-new month, and I hope it is a great one for you.
As you can see, I’m going to look at some of the indicators that demonstrate a writer is not doing the best work. This post is a companion to my last post, which gave indicators of doing good work. You can read that post HERE if you missed it.
Oh, there’s a hand up. Yes, do you have a question? “Don’t you think writers know when they are doing good work and conversely when they are not doing such good work?”
That is an excellent question. I do think writers know how their work is progressing. But since they work alone, my idea is to give little hints on how it is going without relying on a third party. This helps a writer catch a trend and either continue it if good or stop it if it is not so good. So, with that introduction, let’s get to the Five Ways You Know Your Work is Not Up to Your Expectations
1 If you would rather be reading e-mails or doing something else, you can believe that your writing is not up to your expectations. You don’t have to read what you have written to know it won’t be your best work. Your heart isn’t in what you are doing, and it will show. You might be better off taking some time to read e-mails or whatever activity you would rather do and then come back.
2 If you are concentrating on fixing mistakes or typos, you are projecting a degree of productivity, but your eye is off the ball. As a result, your writing probably won’t be up to your expectations. Correcting typos and mistakes is proper to do but at the right time. That time is after the brilliant prose is complete. If you are doing more fixing and less writing, you can bet the writing is suffering.
3 If you can’t wait for the writing session to be over, you already know your writing will not meet your expectations. Most of us hate to continue what we know is work that is less than our usual quality. We don’t necessarily recognize when it is time to call it quits for the day. I’m suggesting that no matter how much you have written if you feel like quitting, you should. Those words written after wanting to stop generally are not worth keeping.
4 If you try to write and know you need to be doing something else, you can bet your work will suffer. There isn’t a writer alive who hasn’t tried to sneak in a writing session when they should be doing something else. Those writers also know that what they have written will fail the expectation test when reviewing. Writing time needs to have a full-time brain to be productive.
5 If you are physically exhausted or have pressing issues on your mind, your writing will not benefit from your expertise. A writer might go through the motions, but the writing will take second place if the body is otherwise distracted. A rested body and mental equilibrium are necessary for productive work.
Well, there you have it. How about you? Are there some circumstances where you were sure you were not doing your best work? Did you continue, or did you call it on the session.? Share your story in the comments. Since this is Monday, let me wish you a good week.