The Easy Way to Get More of Your Work Out There — Even If You’re Not Feeling Confident
“Take action when you’re 80% certain.”
This really resonated with me, because too many writers refuse to take action until they’re 100% sure about it — and so they never do anything, because who’s ever 100% sure about anything? Their ideas languish in file folders, and their half-finished queries sit on their hard drives.
What if you took action when you were only 80% certain?
For example, say you want to call a magazine’s editorial department to double-check an editor’s name, but you’re not quite sure you’ll get a good reception. If you can be just 80% sure that nothing terrible will happen — go for it.
Or you wrote a query letter to your dream magazine, and you can’t seem to stop revising it. Is at least 80% of the way there? Better to send it out at that point than to hold onto it forever.
I understand that 80% is not perfect, but setting that as your goal prevents you from becoming stuck in analysis paralysis — a common problem for writers.
The next idea or query or phone call you have in mind — do it when you’re 80% confident, and then do it again with your next idea (or query, or whatever), and the next. I always say freelancing is a numbers game, so it’s more important that you produce in volume than send out a few perfect things.
Try it and let us know what happens! [lf]