Wednesday, June 17, 2009
G IS FOR GOOD ENOUGH
Probably one of the biggest problems you can have as a writer is a bent toward perfectionism. That sounds wrong, doesn't it? Let me explain.
A perfectionist works and reworks the first sentence (or first chapter) over and over and over again, fiddling with this word and that... meanwhile, the rest of the novel never gets written.
A perfectionist is so invested in those worked and reworked words that he or she cannot let go of them when an editor or critiquer comes along and says, "snip snip."
A perfectionist may have a way more beautiful first chapter than I do, but, honey, I've got a whole book.
So let go of that idea of perfect words. Writing is the ultimate process. Growth is continuous. But you've got to reach a point where you say, "good enough" and let that baby fly. Otherwise you're going to be in the same spot forever. And how boring would that be??
Besides, imperfection doesn't make a thing less beautiful. Just look at the picture above... adds character, right? :)