Finishing a writing project can be a battle. But in the process of making a product “perfect” in every single aspect, you miss the opportunity to feel proud about having a final product. And your income probably at best stagnates.
In fact most writers I know, including myself, have a stack of unfinished projects. While the source for this struggle differs from person to person, for me it’s often related to perfectionism.
Of course it makes all the sense in the world to make sure you have an awesome product. And there are many steps that properly need to be processed like writing, editing, design, marketing etc. But when you don’t ship you can’t enjoy the results the finished product will bring and you can’t work on other opportunities either.
Here are 5 easy ways that can help you help you conquer perfectionism:
- Your Questions. Are you asking yourself “Is this perfect enough to publish?”. Rephrase it with “Will this product move people?”.
- Your Versions. Stop looking at your products as permanent. Start seeing what you publish as the-best-version-right-now. Publish and then release a new and improved version soon.
- Your Key Wins. If you try to make everything perfect, you will most likely never ship. Determine what features and attributes in your book are key. Make those keys a win and move on.
- Your Ability to Stick. Most people will jump from project to project, whenever they get stuck. But to stay productive, it’s better to narrow your focus and stick to what you started.
- Your Standards. It’s easy to confuse sales with perfection. After all only great products sell. But perfect is an impossible standard. In the end of the day, only the books that get published make an impact on your audiences’ lives.
Only the greatest writers have the skills and stamina to finish their projects. Be one of those. Take on the battle today and start wrapping up one project at the time.
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