I have a story that I dropped for a little while, but I want to pick it back up. The reason I dropped it was because I was having a problem with too much information. I have so much information that needs to go into the story for people to understand, that I’m having…
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
First of all, read that book.
Second of all, this is a great point. I feel like I get a lot of messages where writers are all dejected and full of self loathing because they don’t like what they’re writing because it isn’t perfect or as good as a famous author’s writing, etc. I also feel like that’s why NaNo is so hard for some people—they’re trying to write word by word and make it perfect, which isn’t the point. You have to just let the words flow and have faith in the editing process.
Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.
I. LOVE. this song.
WHY do I always feel like I’m not getting enough sleeeeeeeep?! :(