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Perfectionsm In Writing

How much do you strive for your articles/dissertations to be perfect?

I'm a perfectionist in some ways. I get annoyed by the occasional double space in word documents I get from time to time. When I finish a paragraph, I see to it everything is spell-checked and grammar-checked using Grammarly. However, sometimes it affects my productivity in writing. I take too much time on a single part of the document that I see less of the "big picture". I know that spell-checking and grammar-checking should only be done when you've at least finished and are revising. But that's just how I am.

How about you guys?

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Gandalf

This is why I prefer to write long hand because you just write and don't think about spelling and punctuation, spacing or paragraphs. It makes for a much better creative experience in my opinion. I do find though when I write on my laptop it's hard not to ignore that little red line reminding you that something isn't quite right. Of course you can turn it off, but then I'd forget to switch it back on when I need it.

I think the best thing is to just write, and ignore spelling mistakes until you've at least finished the paragraph. I too have pondered over putting in a comma, taking it out and putting it back for at least 15 minutes which is time consuming, so I leave it now until the end. I've also come to the conclusion no manuscript can ever be perfect after my constant rewrites and edits. You make it the best that you can, and then you need to let it go for a manuscript is like a living entity and can always improve, but sometimes you need let it go and move onto another one.



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cmoneyspinner

I'm not a perfectionist. But grammatical mistakes and spelling errors do annoy the crap about me!! Which is why I hate it when there is no Edit button!! UUUGG!! That is so annoying!! Even if my writing was great and people are willing to overlook the word “later” which should have been “late” but since it was spelled correctly Spellcheck didn't catch it and neither did I until after I hit the publish button. Whenever I look at what I wrote … all I can see is the error. It jumps out and taunts me. LOL. Perfectionsm In Writing I use Grammarly and I'm very happy with it.



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Steve5

I can relate. I quickly back over my writing as I'm drafting. It's a constant struggle. But I've learned to get over it. There's a right time for editing. That's why drafts are drafts. It's a process of starting from scratch and then going from there.



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stbrians

Grammarly is great. I happen to make many errors that shamr soon changed to normal.



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NerdIndeed

Neither do I, I am nowhere near perfect when it comes to writing that's why I also use Grammarly just like you, haha! Do you have the premium version too? Nevertheless, I try my best to not rely too much on the software since it will not benefit me in the long run. What I like best about it is the word suggestions, the punctuations corrections, or sometimes it rewrites the sentences for me and places the adverb in the end (I always make a mistake about that). What I hate about it is the "passive voice" use, it flags it as an error, and seriously, it's not that bad (says for formality reasons). But all in all, it's excellent.



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amelia88

I think human nature is often about striving to do our best, but I do think that sometimes if a person is too pedantic they would never end up getting anything published. If I keep revising my work too many times, I end up making a bunch of changes - there's always things that could be fixed/amended. I try and stick to not being perfect, but being productive.



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Corzhens

Pardon me for saying that this discussion gave me a big laugh. I don't pretend to be a critic but the mere title of this thread is not spelled correctly. Ironically, the word Perfectionism it is. Anyway, writers should be perfectionists when it comes to their writing because writers are the purveyors not only of ideas but also grammar. In that regard, good writers write good writings.



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amelia88

I hadn't even noticed that until you mentioned it! Good eyes! Wonder if that was intentional or unintentional!



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superlicca

I also wonder if the writer misspelled the word intentionally. But I think he did to see how we would react. Anyway, being a perfectionist writer is usual since we want to avoid any criticisms from the readers. Honestly, I am also prudent when it comes to spelling and grammar. I make sure to double check them before submitting my article. Having an error-free article is what we are striving for as writers.



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mark8625

That is very well said. Grammar and correct spellings should be correct all the time in order to produce an interesting topic.



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ballyhara

Exactly, I was like... is not the title already misspelled? Anyway, a writer is supposed to know how to handle grammar and spelling, so that's really the first point to take care of. Also, I get really annoyed with those writers that explain the same so many times, and never get straight to the focal point. I get tired and bored, and drop reading what they wrote.



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Steve5

I just saw that. I guess I'm not much of a perfectionist in writing. But it's that away for me when I'm editing. I'm very meticulous in editing small details like grammar and word choice. Though, I have to improve on not stressing out over small things. This sort of editing is best for the final draft and not early drafts.



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ballyhara

Oh, talk to me about stressing out over small things, particularly when it comes to writing! Just like you, I tend to do a final checking after finishing what I wrote, searching for any misspelled word, any grammar issue, and that's when my editing becomes savage haha.



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Martinsx1

Believe me when I tell you that no living human being is 100% perfect when it comes writing an article or any other kind of content. It's not possible to have a 100% free error content or article. What one would be able to achieve and boast of of having an article that has a minimal range of errors. A professor told me one day that no writer is perfect even himself included, as you go further, you will keep seeing areas that you need to improve on and get better till you are dead.



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Barida

That's how it is and because of that, I always try as much as I can to be original and not fake things when I am writing. The reason is because there is no way that your writing will be accepted by all the readers since they will have an idea that is different from what you have.



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jennyfermanuel

Very much agree. Even books had errors. No one is perfect. Though yes writers need to be very careful on grammars and spelling. But like what I just said, no one is perfect. Even books at school has errors.
We people needs to accept that. Correct me if I am wrong, but I guess we never really are satisfied to whatever we do and achieve. And so we are trying to improve on everything we do, though we never really get to be 100% perfect until we die yes. Perfectionsm In Writing



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amelia88

Agreed, I've even seen professional journalists have mistakes in their articles for major newspapers, and I'm sure they've even been checked and double checked by editors. I think it's more normal than you'd think for those errors to pop up!



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mark8625

No body is perfect that is the old saying. Meaning whatever it is still this saying implies. Sometimes we think that we do is perfectly fine but to others eye is not enough. It is just we couldnt please everybody and that is the reality.



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MomoStarr16

As long as I enjoy what I write then that for me is a perfect article. Depends on people how they appreciate a certain article. But for me, as long as it is an original then it is a perfect one.



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Martinsx1

Exactly! There must be the feature of originality to one's article in order to make it look or appear perfect even it's a simple write up. It seriously bugs me when I see people recopying other people work without trying to add to the content but rather they make good on copying another person's work. That doesn't show anything like being perfect in writing at all.



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NesMarcos

I think there is nothing wrong with being perfectionist, however, doing it overly is too much. I am basically not a perfectionist. I write everything in my mind, then once I am done writing and completed the thought I wanted to express, that's the time I proofread what I have written, edit some errors if there is and if I want to rephrase something to come up with a better sentence.



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Alymae

I am not a perfectionist but I strive to give my best. I believe this is the important part, doing your best and giving your all. In my writing, I'm aware that I commit errors that is why I'm striving to broaden my knowledge and improve my written English. Being a perfectionist is not a bad habit but if it is too much it affects your productivity not only in writing but in every aspect of your life.



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treecko142

When writing an article or anything for work, of course, there is a certain standard that I want and I need at least the spelling and grammar to be spotless, although I settle for a great article rather than a perfect one just to save time and energy and so that I can move on to other projects. In comments, forums, or social media, I just freely type with just minor proofreading since I don't really care if I make a minor mistake.



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Barida

While it is always good that our articles and writings should have a bit of perfection, I always wish that we also have that situation where you can flow in your writings no matter how much we try to act about it. That is somewhat not easy, but we should try to be original in our works as well.



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fishbate

I'm not a perfectionist and i don't want to be one. I want my writings done within my level of feeling and heart. Perfectionism in my opinion creates a never ending search for something that is not attainable. Everything is not perfect to create balance and fairness.



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Chinet23

I'm not a perfectionist nor am I a professional writer. I don't normally correct or check my writing as I write. I feel that it impedes the natural flow of my thoughts. I only proofread after I have written or after I have typed down a large bit of the article or writing. I'm not so sure though if I'm doing it right but that's how I roll. And I know that feeling when you see an error after I've already submitted or clicked the button. Not a good feeling at all,lol.



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Youngshark

I tend to check my errors as I write and am sort of a pdrfectioniat at the writting level. When it comes to peoofreading I however tend to get lazy and hence only does some limited kind. I rely on tools like grammarly nonetheless to do that for me.



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stbrians

Am a complete different or opposite of you. I write till the end without minding of errors. If you are reviewing then these errors come in handy. You will have something to criticize.



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ajahcuizon

I cannot call myself a perfectionist because I do understand that all people have a right to commit mistakes and it is normal. What I do is to give out my best and refrain from making a mistake. I should not take that as a reason from commiting an obvious mistake.



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Chinet23

The problem with perfectionism is compromising productivity. Quality over quantity is a good thing however, being able to meet the demands of the work that needs to be done must also be considered.



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mdayrit

I am also not a perfectionist. I write what comes out of my head and edit to correct any errors. I believe that editing your article too much will result to a change in the content of the article or the thought that you want the readers to appreciate.



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Youngshark

I only edit what is incorrect with reference to grammar and english styles. However when some errors are shown on the computer that I do not agree with I let the original content stick.



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Kakashi2020

I'm not a perfectionist but I strive to improve my writing sklls. Whenever I'm writing important stuff I usually use a word and grammar checker to check the word count and for some mistakes for correction before I hit the publish button.



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Corzhens

Like you, I am also using the spell checker but not much of the Thesaurus because it slows me down when I try to find a better word and term for what I am writing. With articles and stories, I usually write it down straightforward before I do the correction and the enhancements. Having wrongly spelled word and wrong grammar is a natural occurrence in manuscripts.



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Kakashi2020

In my opinion every writers dream is to perfect his writing and this can only be done with constant practice and by studying and comparing his writing with other writers.



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anchoreztin

It would always be nice if your works are perfect. But for me at first, I would allow my works to be not perfect because I like to write and write everything I am imagining at the momemt and I want my ideas to be raw. That would be my first draft. Then in my future draft, I'd rather call it polished than perfect.



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treecko142

There are really no perfect works, at least some people will think of a few problems regarding your work no matter how good you think they may be. But still, what matters is how you view your own work relative to others and if you can treat criticisms in a good way to improve yourself in striving to be perfect.



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DenisP

I’m actually quite a perfectionist myself, with regards to my writing at least. I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a bad characteristic to have, but it definitely makes all my writing take way longer than it has to. For example, every time I finish writing a new sentence, I read it along with the previous one in order to make sure it’s flowing properly. It can be a bit time consuming but I’d like to think that it helps my work feel much more flowing and consistent.

If I don’t use this method I often notice that I include thoughts in the middle of paragraphs that really don’t feel like that have any business being there.



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aeon

I think that is the attitude of the writer needs, be a perfectionist. Because you will publish your article and you expecting a lot of readers. But sometimes by doing this, it's really hard to decide if it's about time to publish it or you need more reviews.



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Steve5

It should also be to some degree. But not entirely. Because sometimes it causes us to become paralyzed in over analyzing our work. So it should be balanced. Let's believe in our abilities.



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aeon

Well, by keep reviewing your works all the time you finish it and found out that there's nothing wrong, this one will boost our confidence that we don't need to review it all the time because we didn't find anything wrong from the very start and we realize that we are just wasting our time on reviewing.



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MomoStarr16

If it is about grammar, being a perfectionist about it is very ideal to create a good article. I don't say that I do have a good grammar but it is one of the important point of being a writer. You should have a great sense of good grammar so the reader will amaze even more.



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Steve5

That's true. But I also believe that timing counts. We can't just keep editing our work repeatedly while drafting. Stuff like is best for after we're done with our drafts.



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Zelmontero

I definitely can relate. Sometimes it takes me three times in checking my work before submitting it. I'm not a perfectionist but one wrong spelling can really be annoying. It is like getting 79 points you just need 1 point to passed the passing rate which is 80 points. Being a perfectionist can be good and beneficial just don't over do it.



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Steve5

I agree. It's also best to reserve your perfectionism for the editing phase. You can't let it take hold during the drafting phase. It will interfere with the flow of your creative work.



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Chinet23

Perfectionism can be a hindrance at times. It can affect your productivity and your train of thought or your freedom to express from the heart. But it doesn't mean that we shouldn't be careful in proofreading. I have seen some contents with some errors that are affecting the credibility of the speaker. It shows that the content was done in haste or the writer lack some basic communication skills or knowledge or just plain careless.



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Steve5

It's always the struggle with writers. They either tend to overdo stuff or not do enough at all. Like with editing. We can get lazy at times. But most writers seem to obsess over every detail to the point of paralysis. Hahaha!

I guess you should know your own habits so that you can find ways to work around it. I also tend to edit my words as I go. I've learned to do this less since I have all the time to edit after my draft.



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Chinet23

Different folks, different strokes, so they say. Maybe we just have to do what works better for us, I agree. Or depending on the situation if we have lots of time to edit or proofread. It depends on the person really. If we can only come in smack dab in the middle. Overdoing it may be more acceptable rather than being too lazy to proofread.



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Steve5

I guess you could say that. Though, I still find it hard to undo the damage of over editing. Hahaha!

I just noticed that sometimes our writing is already good. But our sense of imperfection makes us think it's far from good and so we edit it until it's no longer good. Something like that.



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Chinet23

I guess I know exactly what You mean. Overdoing in general does not really yield the best result. I can't relate though because I'm not perfectionist. Maybe it's few inches away from being obsessive-compulsive. Something like that Perfectionsm In Writing



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rlpzbeermoney

I'm also like that and that's one habit I would like to get rid of. I want to churn out ideas without anything hindering me from throwing out ideas I want to write about. The creative people I know are like this from what I've observed.



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Chinet23

The same thing works for me. I want my ideas free flowing and I'll just take care of the corrections and revision after I'm done writing. I want to be able to write down all my thoughts first because I can get lost in the process.



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jtorrejos22

I want to be perfect in writing but to be a writer is a talent how much more to be perfect.However,anyone can write as long as you have the idea and guts in yourself but not all can be perfect.Being perfect is so hard to achieve but I will try my very best to be the best.I will squeeze my mind to get an idea.I will hardly think inorder to write a good one.I really want to have the best output anyone can have.I try to be perfect.



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jeffreyjose48

Perfectionism in writing is excellent. We must strive to be perfect in writing. Others will be blessed when our writing is excellent.



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rlpzbeermoney

Are you just saying that in general or are you a writer yourself? Is that your mindset when writing say a long blogspot such as this? Don't you feel like it hinders your ability to write more?



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jeffreyjose48

Thanks for your reply to my comments. Thanks for taking time to comment and ask me also. I am not a professional writer. Yes I agree that I said it in general. I appreciate your comments to my reply.



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aeon

Yeah, that's right. But sometimes all we need to think is, are we already satisfied with our writing and should we publish it now? Because even we apply the perfectionism and did an excellent job, critics and other readers will always say something bad on our writings.



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Gilgamesh

There are gpod sides and bad sides of being a perfectionist, the good side is you meticulously plan before you take into action that will lessen the chance on failing or missing some dundamental concept. Which is really vital in writing articles, you will surely excel because you will have a good grammar, spelling and valuable content if you'r a perfectionist in writing. On the other hand it takes too much time just like you have said because before you proceed in writing you will keep on reviewing the previous ones that you have already written. Thus, I can I agree in what you say and let's consider that being a perfectionist is a double-edge sword.



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MomoStarr16

Maybe trying to make a good and perfect article is not a bad goal. What is hard for this is you must accept the fact the skills you have. Don't over use of yourself just to make it perfect. It will only make you pressure yourself. Love what you write and don't ever think too much that is not needed.



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Marako0406

I believe that the misspelled title is intentional. Everyone who does write should produce perfect article with correct grammar and spelling. When we are reading something we are able to identify common grammar, spelling and punctuation errors and this is not great for a writer. Their article would be valuable to them and mostly to all the readers if there's no error and it is embarrassing if there's one.



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Steve5

I think so too. It's not a good indicator if the grammar is poor. It only shows that the writer isn't well-equipped for writing stuff. Also, basic grammar is a must if one wants to make a living out of writing.



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stbrians

Perfection never runs in my blood. Once I write an article i publish it. Those typos make who I am. I can be identified with them.

i feel bad if I struggle to be perfect and end up with mistakes. Some mistakes are part of the system.



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theresajane

I love your perception about making mistakes and the concept of perfection to you. I hope people would be more open-minded like you.



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jaymish3

Perfectionism is a characteristic of a person who would make an incredible editor. I would not take it as a character flaw. I also have a problem with perfectionism. When I write I have a problem finishing my content because I never think that it was good enough.I always think I can do better. I have heard to learn over time that all I have to do is my best and my best is good enough. You have to learn to trust your judgement.



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coolavender

As much as possible, I want my latest work to be the best version there is. I'm not sure if you can call it perfectionism, but if we want to achieve longevity as writers, we should always strive to give our best to our clients or readers. Content is very important and so is expressing one's ideas clearly in grammatically correct sentences. I, too, would spend time reading and proofreading my work before using spell checkers and grammar checkers. I usually do it after completing the writing part and not while writing. Editing while writing slows things down and I can't afford to waste time when there are other pending projects.



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beerthooyah

Grammars and line spacing can be checked once you are finish with your article. Ocassional correcting of your grammar may affect productivity and disrupt your creative juices. Usually when I write an article, I just simply let my imagination take its course and write all the words that comes out of my brain that is related to the topic that Im writing about. When I done, that is the time that I have to check for grammatical errors and line spacing. Hope you can do it too.



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tophgreg

I would say that it is a good thing to be that meticulous in writing because who would like a misspelled word or a double space, I know it is kind of a small thing to be worried about or to cringe of but I relate to what you are saying. Its like when you are already in that zone in reading then you suddenly get distracted by a misspelled word or, a double space, or a wrong punctuation mark. By that I would agree that it might seem a little bit ridiculous but a perfectionist attitude does help or is a good attitude to have in writing.



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jayjaydimson

This is really necessary when you are a writer because you need to love what you're doing so the future readers can understand your thought clearly.



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CyrusWahome

I must say, I find your character very interesting. The thing is, we are all different, and the way we work does a lot to enhance the world of writing. I am not so much of a perfectionist, but I always take care not to make obvious mistakes in my work. Even so, I believe that all academic work should be done in such a way that almost sounds like perfectionism. This should, however, not take the place of the natural you, because all work shout at least feel like it was written by a human. That's all from me.



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mitan143

Before I submit my work, I usually do re-editing of it. It means I check on spelling and grammar and most especially if I did not leave any thought behind. Actually, I ended up reconstructing my sentence as well as the paragraphs because I'm not contented with it and it really takes much time. Well, it's not good but somehow I want my work to be well-written.



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theresajane

It's good that you can review you work properly before submitting it. Many writer would struggle because of their workload that sometimes, reviewing what they have written in the extent like yours doesn't come to their mind anymore.



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romyter013

I guess I am too. I want it to read again and again and make sure everything's correct. Its true we still made mistakes even we tried to check on it and its we don't have a choice anymore because we are not able to edit this again. I guess they designed it like this on purpose so we can never go wrong. But to make sure even we are not perfect in life but for once we can perfect somehow on our writings.



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bachiekins

I used to have a pet peeve about grammar, spelling, structure and the works. Coming from a society where your intelligence is most of the time measured by how you deliver in English, it really stuck with me. However, being able to work abroad, where English is not even the second language, it opened up my eyes. Now, I start to get annoyed with those who are so strict when it comes to writing / speaking in English. I understand that sometimes certain documents, emails and letters needs to be flawless at the most. But, I do think there are cases where we can be a little lose.



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jayjaydimson

Yes, I agree with that because if you really love what you are doing, you can be good at it and perfect it every time. Practice makes improvement thats our trainer said because there are no such things as perfect. Almost perfect will do but not totally perfect.



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jetselle

The occasional typo isn't the problem. They will sneak in, however careful you are. It's when the misspellings, and the usage errors, and the misplaced punctuation, are so pervasive as to make it difficult to read what the writer intended. How then can the reviewer judge more subtle aspects such as the flow and the pace of the story?

If the SPAG is broken, or badly bent, there is little point in forging past it.

So as a writer, it is most assuredly in your best interest to fix all those things to the best of your ability, using whatever tools you have at your disposal, before submitting the piece for review.



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Jeane

Writing is re-writing.

There are few writers who can write a perfect first draft of a story an article, blog post etc. And they can't do it all the time either. This is why when writing something, you should just "go with the flow" for the first draft. Nothing needs to be perfect. When you re-write that should be the time you fix the grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, etc.

Be a perfectionist but let go of it when you are writing your first draft. It saves time.

p.s proofreading: try to read each sentence out loud. There are some mistakes which though not noticed when you read your article, will stick out like a sore thumb when read out loud.



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jaymish3

I agree @Jeane. When writing the first draft you should simply write. Go with the flow.The hardest thing about writing is putting pen to paper. Starting is really hard, If you can get this right then you are good to go. Perfection is a process and comes from going through that process.How well you edit your work will determine, how well your work turns out. That's why most people advise that you can not edit your own work.



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HappyLady

I so identify! The proliferation of Grammar Checkers has played havoc with my idea I am a good writer. I have Grammarly in my web browser, Prowritingaid added on Google Docs, Language Tool and am prone to throwing everything into Hemmingwayapp before I get round to hearing the piece out loud. I have a host of other things to check formatting in LibreOffice as well. You name it, by the time I wrote it, it will have gone through most of those.

I check books I buy for mistakes and get irritated by them. It's nuts because often what I wrote in the first place was fine.



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jayjaydimson

Well, actually me I am only relying on that program that you just mentioned which is grammarly, and it really helps me a lot regarding with my spelling and grammar. Well, if you want to make your content looks attractive, you should make everything right together with the proper punctuation and grammar.



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jpk0007

Well, I would so love to be perfect in whatever I do , especially when I write something, but I am still very weak , when it comes to grammar . I have just ventured into the arena of writing and it is always difficult to concentrate on your grammar and spellings when you have things and ideas going on in your mind . I am always in a hurry to write them before I forget . But I guess with experience I will be able to rectify these mistakes and achieve some amount of perfection.



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theresajane

Who doesn't want to excel and be perfect in the field you're good at? However, even though we strive for perfection, we really cannot avoid mistakes in what we do and errors in our grammar. I always dream to become perfect as a writer, but, I think, I can't achieve that yet as of the moment. I am still learning, everyday is a learning process. I am glad that there are a lot of people who can help me and give me constructive criticisms.



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Jeane

I'm not that much of a perfectionist. Learned that it wasted a lot of my time and most of the time it didn't really matter.

I believe writing for the web has helped me improve my writing. In the past, when I was writing something, I just had to write the "perfect" introduction.

It could take hours to write something that I was satisfied with. All that time spent crafting the perfect introduction was wasted because what readers really care about is whether they get the information they are seeking.

If we can learn to focus more on the "relay information" part of writing, perfectionism wouldn't be too much of a problem because fixing a couple of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors isn't all that hard.



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Jelineex

I am not a perfectionist when it comes to writing. I allow myself to do mistakes since it is our nature. I felt unchallenged when everything I do is perfect. It seems boring. It means we have exceeded our excellence. Sometimes, We need to undergo difficulty to improve and develop our ability.



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