You've likely heard it before: If you're ever feeling unsure of something in life, put some:
- Time and
between yourself and whatever has you in doubt.
Humans have a way of acclimating to their physical and emotional environments. In other words, we get used to stuff -- quick!
Putting some time and distance between yourself and a relationship, a career, a friendship, a lifestyle -- whatever -- will likely give you invaluable perspective, illuminating faults as well as strong points...
So why not put some time and distance between yourself and your writing?
THE RULE OF 12
Every time I finish writing something that I think is good enough for publication, I don't publish it. I don't even show anybody.
I wait 12 hours (give or take) -- usually overnight -- until the draft is out of my head. Then and only then do I sit down to make my final round of edits.
I always find something:
- A typo...
- A better word...
- An opportunity to be more bold, more clear or more compelling...
Sounds stupid simple, I know. But you'd be surprised how many writers fail to give their final drafts the time and distance they need (and deserve).
Believe me, I know you're a good writer. But nobody's perfect. So go ahead, sleep on your "final" draft, and I guarantee you'll thank me in the morning.