Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 3 of 8

Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 3 of 8

Note: This is the third installation of an eight-part series. Did you miss part one? Read it here.
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Photo courtesy of Steve Johnson on Unsplash

Reason 3

I don’t want to write/post/publish if it isn’t perfect.


Perfection is the enemy of creativity. #amwritingLA Writers' Lab @lawriterslab
There's no such thing as perfect writing, just like there's no such thing as perfect despair.Haruki Murakami
If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.Margaret Atwood
The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.Ben Okri

Welcome to the human race.

Perfection is as elusive as unicorns and pots of gold.

There is Adele’s singing voice, and there’s Nadia Comaneci’s famous “perfect 10” Olympic performance—otherwise, perfection is a no-show to life’s little party.

Yes, it is admirable to only publish your best efforts. Yes, you want to correct spelling, grammar, and those nasty dangling participles.

But—and this is the hard part—you have to let your baby go. It is scary. Believe me, in my world of OCD and order, I do so understand. This is where it almost hurts.

I am certain there are errors in this post. Places I could have tweaked to make it read better, my point clearer.

But—and this is the cool part—I know I did my best to offer concise information to benefit fellow writers.

Now it is time to let it go, mistakes and all.

I live to write and publish another day.


Friendly reminder to #silence your #InnerEditor! #Write words first, make #perfection later. #NaNoWriMo #amwritingAlicia Byers @AByersAuthor
Focus on effort, not results. I know, I know. Your whole body is rebelling, isn’t it? It’s like I just gave you a trophy for participation. You’re thinking that mindset is for losers and new age hippies. Sorry, writer. Whoever taught you that was soooo (sic) wrong. Because the people who focus on effort are the most resilient, self-mastered people. They try new things, and engage more fully. That’s why they succeed with ease. So steal their technique. Take more pride in the seeds you plant than what you reap. That’s the key to success.Mandy Wallace
The problem is we are not fair graders when it comes to our own work. We are D givers, until someone says it’s good and that inhibits us from doing the work we could be doing if we didn’t grade ourselves. That’s why we need to stop seeking perfection and approval.Bryan Hutchinson

Reason 3 Focus Question
Write down your answer.
If your writing isn’t perfect, what is the worst that could happen?


Writing Exercise 3
  • Write a letter to your mom. Write an email to your best friend. Write a thank you card to your imaginary friend.
  • Send the items without reviewing or editing them first.
  • Wait by the phone for them to call and list every error in your message. Wait for a long, long time.
  • It doesn’t matter if you forgot to dot an “i” or used the word “carrot” three sentences in a row, they were happy to hear from you. You enjoyed writing to them.
  • Repeat often.
  • That was your baby step.
  • Take a big kid leap: Write a personal post for your blog or a short short story—not an entry to your portfolio, something fun and light.
  • Let the post sit overnight: edit once for grammar and spelling errors, once for content. Publish.
  • Repeat often.

Learn more about perfectionism
Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 4 of 8

Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 4 of 8

Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 2 of 8

Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 2 of 8