Saturday, January 13, 2018

How Much Time to Leave an Article Draft?

I read a question asking how long to let a draft article sit before re-editing it. I don't think there is a hard and fast rule, but here is a general impression from my own work experience.

If I'm writing an article to sell, it is usually 500 to 1,200 words. So it is relatively short. But I may have reworked it several times. 

Often, the temptation is to just get it done and up on the Constant-Content site where I sell many articles I write. Taking less time to edit would also mean I make more money per hour which is always a challenge.

But more often than not, I have found it's better to let the article sit overnight or at least until the end of the day before re-editing it. Doing so makes it much easier to spot obvious changes. 

Sometimes, I let drafts sit for weeks or months. When editing an article, I might rewrite it or add to it so much it becomes obvious I should break it into two or more articles. When I break it up, I can earn more if they all sell. 

There is no time limit for letting an article simmer except to say it is better to let it sit a few hours or a day or two. 

That being said, most of my blog posts are published right after crafting them. 

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