Let Your Writing Simmer

March 19, 2013

Crock Pot Simmer

If you’re like me, you enjoy cooking with your Crock-Pot. No matter what you put into this magical cooking device, everything tastes good. Perhaps it has something to do with the slow process of cooking the food slowly and allowing it to simmer and the spices to co-mingle.

In recent weeks, I have taken on an additional load of freelance copywriting work. I feel grateful for this, but there are times when the blank page feels daunting. There are also moments when reading my own writing becomes tricky. Spend too much time writing (and reading what you’ve written) and you can quickly lose perspective. The ability to detect the quality of your own writing gets blurred.

One solution to this situation is to let your writing simmer. Lately, I have decided, after completing a piece of writing, to get away. Perhaps this means taking a walk, grabbing something to eat or even getting a good night’s sleep. I find that when I return, I can finish the all-important last 20 percent of the job. This last bit includes some last-minute edits…and from firsthand experience, this is the work that makes the writing sparkle.

Whether you’re a blogger, copywriter or a student writing an essay…do yourself a favor and don’t wait until the last possible moment to complete your written assignment. Get it done early and let it simmer so you can take the time to edit your work. I’m confident your writing will take a huge leap in quality…and your readers will love you.

How about you…have you taken a different approach to become a better writer? If so, what was it?

Creative commons image courtesy of Tabbymom Jen.