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To The Perfectionist

Perfection is nothing but an illusion, so stop.

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The obsession of trying to get something right or perfect is not talked about enough.

I had this perfect concept in my mind that I could not execute, because not only was it not possible, it didn’t exist.

So, I was obsessing over an idea. Something that wasn’t real.

Since I started building my career as a writer. I have been reading tons of books on how to be a good writer and produce quality content, so I decided to only put out perfect articles.

I ended up not putting out any article for almost a month.

But what I’ve found for myself in just the last few months, is that, people don’t want to read perfect articles, they want to read articles that they can either learn from, or that benefits them.

These are the 5 ways I learned to be a better writer on medium.

1)You should build a writing habit: I’ve heard a lot of people say write and publish daily, which is very correct. But it doesn’t work for me because as much as I would love to do that, I cant. Nursing school already takes up most of my time.

So no matter how hard I try, I can’t publish an article every day. But I write every day. You need to figure out what works for you, to build a writing habit that enables you to put out content consistently.

It might be twice a week or three times a week, and that’s fine, as long as you are making progress. I would advise you to work with a goal that fits your schedule, because that’s the only way you can work around it.

That way you can measure how far you’ve come, and if you are consistent with it, add another milestone, smash it, and keep adding.

2) Read books: Books help you think creatively. Every time I read a book, I feel more confident. The books I read keep me swimming with ideas and have generally improved my writing. I read a lot of fiction, so it keeps my brain working in that imaginative state, and helps me write creatively. Books are your friend.

3) Just write: Don’t overthink it, it doesn’t have to be perfect. I know how it feels to want to put out perfect articles or blogs but no one attains perfection on the first try. If you keep waiting, you’ll never achieve what you want. Even the best writers started from where you are right now.

I always ask myself, what do I have to lose or what’s the worst that can happen?

The 2 extreme cases will probably be, either no one likes your work and no one reads it, for whatever reason. Or people love it and read all the way to the end.

You may feel discouraged that people are not reading your work. That’s alright. But the bright side of it is, you are learning what your audience is, and is not interested in. And that is one less problem to deal with.

Now you are left with figuring out what ticks your audience. That is progress.

4) Find a community: The importance of this cannot be overestimated. Join a writers’ community where you can get feedback and ask questions. My friend once said, for anything you’ll do in life and be exceptionally good at, you’ll need the right community or environment.

But if you are reading this, then you are on the right path. There is so much information on Medium on how to be a better writer, a freelance writer and securing a writing job. Make use of the information.

5) There are many aspects of writing: And you may not know the kind of writer you want to be. That’s alright. Just don’t stop because of that. Eventually, you’ll figure it out.

Keep writing. Everything will fall in place.

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Desola Banjo

Desola Banjo

Copywriter and writer.

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