Are You Publishing Too Soon?

Have you ever looked back on an article or a post the day after you have hit the publish button and thought “arghh I wish I had not published that”.

It is something that most of us have experienced as writers at sometime or another. The problem is very common because we get emotionally invested in our writing (which is a good thing). We want to share our thoughts with people as soon as possible once we have expressed them in writing. The excitement or heat of the moment makes us hit that publish button when in fact what we should do is put the article on the back burner for at least a few hours.

The reflection and editing process is very important to the quality of the finished article. Reflection and editing should not be done during the creative process of writing as they are analytical skills. They need to be treated as distinct and separate phases of the process. Giving your subconscious mind a period of time to process what you have written, reflect upon it and make improvements to it will make an enormous difference to your writing.

Maximizing the quality of your work whilst balancing your schedule can be quite tricky. Your writing process for short articles or posts should go something like this:

  • First Draft – Written with no editing. Written at speed to get all your thoughts onto the page.
  • Edit – This can take place from a few hours to a few days later (some writers leave it for months) depending on your schedule.
  • Second Draft – Written based on your editing.
  • Edit – This should be the final edit when writing a short article or post. It may not even be required a qick once over is often enough.

Sometimes of course the problem is the other way around. If you are very anxious about your writing you may get into an endless editing loop. This can result in just as many issues. For this problem you really just have to take the leap of faith and limit yourself to the above process. If you leave adequate time between your first draft and editing it ready for the second you will find that everything is much smoother.

Quick tip: If you cannot stop yourself from publishing as soon as you get your writing on the page, write your first draft on paper. This will help to enforce the process until you get into a routine.

Give it a go, experiment with with different reflection periods until you are happy with the process and be sure to let me know how you get on!

About Kittie Walker

Kittie Walker is the founder and CEO of Indigo Girl - Internet Marketing Services a marketing and training consultancy based in the united Kingdom. Indigo Girl is passionate about assisting SMEs to unlock their earnings potential through the use of holistic and ethical internet marketing campaigns.
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8 Responses to Are You Publishing Too Soon?

  1. Kristina says:

    Kittie – Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes I do find myself getting so excited about a post that I just want to get it out there ASAP and then have to waste time going back and correcting a typo or fretting over how I could have worded something better. Or, I feel rushed to get one out for a multitude of reasons. Your specific tips are simple enough to remember and act on. Thank you!

  2. Jamee says:

    This is a great post! I am always hitting “publish” too fast. While I think typos or grammar aren’t my main issues with publishing too quickly, I do think that I could use the extra time to clarify my thoughts and be sure that they are conveyed the best way possible. Especially if I do really want to grow my blog! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from SITS/31DBBB!

  3. Jen says:

    Great article. I tend to ruminate over my writing quite a bit rarely ever getting a post out in one sitting. And, then once it’s done I go over it at least a couple of times, sometimes sitting on it again before publishing and then re-reading. I like my thoughts to be clear when others read them.

    • Glad you enjoyed the post! My routine tends to get adapted depending on the type of writing. My process for creative writing and longer articles is fairly similar to yours.

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  5. Maryline says:

    Very good point, I had not thought about resting posts because I’m always in a hurry to finish my production for the day. I am now working on a few posts to get ahead so I can have the draft & edit process in place like you suggested.
    Thank you!

  6. Kim says:

    I have had that feeling that I wish I hadn’t published a post. Most of the time I feel it’s because it isn’t my best work and I know it. I rush because I’m trying to get something out there.

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