Perfectionism and writing

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.
Robert Schuller

We will write when we’re inspired, when the time and all of the conditions are perfect. When the coffee mug is full, the pencils are sharp, the ream of paper is organized just so…

What’s wrong with right now? Right now, start your word processing program and click file/new. Or open your notebook. Start writing and don’t stop for thirty minutes, that means no editing, no coffee cup filling, no checking emails or reading another blog entry. If we wait to become a writer we will never write. It will never be good enough, it will never be the perfect time.
Need more inspiration for why perfectionism might be stalling your writing career. This article by Angela Booth has some helpful tips, including daily writing…are you sensing a pattern yet?


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2 Replies to “Perfectionism and writing”

  1. nice article – I like the writing log idea.
    There’s something very liberating about this “nobody is going to see it EVER” 3 pages in the morning thing – I didn’t want to stop. It totally jump-started my day, and I am not a morning person.

  2. You’ve inspired me, too. I used to swear by morning pages, but I’ve neglected them for about a year now. Writing them again feels good.

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