3 Reasons Why Good Ideas Are a Real Threat to Good Writing

3 Reasons Why Good Ideas Are a Real Threat to Good Writing

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  1. Yup. “Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. Your stuff starts out being just for you, in other words, but then it goes out.” Just like that tea bag.

    Although, that “what is done today” thing sounds more like a non-native English issue. I bet it’ll make sense in another language. Been there *sigh*

  2. So true! Good ideas, bad ideas, they come to creative souls in an endless flow. You’re giving sound advice in this piece. Learning how to deal effectively here can open the flow and keep the confusion and dead ends at bay. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Holy cow, this is helpful.

    I have this one Really Big Idea in my head and I haven’t published anything in it because I can’t find the perfect metaphor to get the idea across.

    Yet I’ve written several pieces for clients since I had the Really Big Idea.

    This article may help un-stick me. I’m planning to save and reread

    • Thanks, Hashim!

      Sounds like you’re waiting to get it right rather than being stuck … knowing when to wait and when to take action is an important skill. 🙂

  4. Most of my best writing has come from, creating a great title, and then just writing from the heart.
    I’ll let my passion and emotions dictate what I write. My strong feelings and beliefs will jump out from my screen, in the form of words.
    I let my creative mind do the talking, and I step out of the way, so that it can shine bright.

  5. I love the comment that a good idea can make you pompous. I guess we all need to have some humility.

    I always find that it helps to build a structure for an article regardless of whether the idea is “good” or “average” (I am assuming that a bad idea would be rejected). If you follow a structure then it is less likely that you will fall into some of the traps that you have outlined.

    • The first one is so tricky because it’s great to be excited and take action, but we have to give ourselves time to both explore and then fine-tune our ideas as well to make them the best they can be. It’s always a balance.

  6. Heh I feel like I’m not qualified to say if my idea is good or bad…it’s much easier to decide between ‘interesting’ and ‘fluff’, if that makes sense! If the idea doesn’t interest me (much more important than being exciting) and I don’t have the momentum to investigate it, then it’s probably not worth pursuing…

  7. Indeed, Clarifying your ideas is really the answer in building great content. Making it easy to understand that could produce sharp, clear, intelligent content, which become much easier for people to see the value in it. Bad or good ideas are really part of the process though. Thanks for these great ideas, keep posting.

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