Pressing the Delete Button

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So, you think you have great content but when you read it back it doesn’t read that well, or worse, you’ve already published the piece and the condemning feedback you received is not what you expected.  So you correct what mistakes came from the comments, read it back and it still does not make sense, what do you do?  Well what you can do is put that piece to one side and start over again or you can press the delete button, change the subject, change the style, change the look and feel or take time out and wait for inspiration to come to you.

There is nothing wrong with taking time out and waiting for inspiration to arrive once again.  Pressing the delete button can help with many issues, and can actually force you to think in another direction.  It can allow you time to go and do something else other than pour out more poor work and it does give you time to research another topic, or visit a place that brings inspiration to you.

Have you ever taken the time to read a dictionary?  I used to take a page and read through it, which can fill your mind with alternative words.  It sounds quite normal but finding new words can be inspirational.  Some words that you have never even heard of can give you cause to create a whole new document, blog or post. New words bring you a different level of understanding or conversation.  They stimulate the mind and bring you a sense of wonder.

Don’t be afraid to rip up or tear down a piece of work that you thought was good.  All that you thought of is still there, but it may just need looking at from a different point of view.  There are many ways of getting your points across and inspiration can come from variety of opportunities.

Reading how others put their point across can bring you joy and delight, and harnessing the power of words can lead to you finding new ways of stimulating the reader.  The thing that you don’t want to do is leave the reader with a sense of gloom and doom.  Instead you need the reader to want more and inspire them to seek further knowledge or take up an idea and run with it.  Great content will be greeted with an immense satisfaction by both reader and author.  You know when you have read a really good book as it gives you a lift and you go on to seek more of that feeling.  You too can create great pieces of work that others will appreciate, recommend and pass onto others.

Pressing the delete button can give you time to produce better work than you have ever produced and it doesn’t mean that you have lost your way.  It can actually make you go in a completely different direction, open different thought processes and allow you to flourish and inspire others.


6 thoughts on “Pressing the Delete Button

  1. I have had this issue most times I’m writing an article, read it all over again and it still doesn’t hit home the point I’m trying to make, get frustrated and don’t know what to do. Thanks to your awesome writeup, I now know the steps to take when I’m ever in that position again.

    1. Hi Mike. Thank you for taking the time to read and reply I enjoyed your football/soccer site. I played at a reasonable level (semi-pro), for around 10 years and I have been kicked all over the park. Anyway, a good way to see if what you are writing has merit is to do the script on a notepad or similar, then read and change as you go. Once you are happy you can then just cut and paste. Anytime you are doubt, take a step back, read, digest, change and repeat.

  2. great article, it often happens to me when I write an article and read it it seems pointless to me, so I read and re-write it, which takes a long time. Now I have a tactic when I write an article – read it whatever it seems I don’t touch it until tomorrow when I wake up. Then I read it again if it seems good I publish it. The other day it sometimes seems to me like some other person was writing an article and not me, I don’t even remember some of the things I wrote =)

    1. Hi Tom. Thanks for taking the time to read and reply. That’s exactly the point I was making, write it, read it, leave it, reload and re-read. Great. Stay safe and well.

  3. Yep, this is definitely an issue and a hard lesson to embrace too. I’ve had to delete certain articles because after writing and posting, I go back to reread it only to discover that it sounds like my dog was just hitting the keys. I liked your philosophy on this, and I heard a good quote once, “only the hand that erases can create the true thing”. So yeah the delete button is my friend 🙂

    1. Hi John. Thanks for taking the time to read and reply. Hitting delete is something we all need to make into a habit. If it does not sit well, then ditch and start again or make it a draft and revisit or re-edit.

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