I’m finishing up a 30-Posts-in-30-Day Challenge and am asking myself going forward, do I want to write more or write better? Which will bring me greater rewards? (either monetary or personal satisfaction)
The Writing Muses send mixed messages my way.
When I started writing, I mostly got advice from book authors. Most book authors and editors seem to agree your first draft will be pretty terrible. Best to write something. Set it aside for a period of time. Then revise, revise, revise.
but was this so true of writing online? Was there a risk to spending a lot of time to write and rewrite and revise again.
Part of why I decided to attempt creating 30 posts in 30 days was to push myself to be less of a perfectionist. I couldn’t afford to spend 5 or 10 hours on each post and maybe that was a good thing. I thought my posts should be more like an email I sent to a friend. Filled with my thoughts on that day, no more, no less.
I needed to give myself permission to post content that was less than Pulitzer-prize winning because…. because… — because that might be a way to reach more people and have a greater impact. Because by writing about more topics, I might better gauge what topics readers were hungry for.
My real goal is to write in a way that has the greatest positive impact. In some cases that might mean writing more (to attract followers or to help Google find my website) and in other cases, it might require writing very well, as I’ve tried to do in my books.
My answer to the question: Write More or Write Better?