Let’s talk about the art of perfection, striving for it, and the reality that we’ll never achieve it.
I should know, I’m a perfectionist. You know . . . them crazy people who try to have everything perfect, and it never works so then they get frustrated with themselves, and everything goes pop?
Yeah. I’ll just pause a moment and let that sink in.
I’ve been there, I still have my moments where I live there. Overall, I’m getting better about letting go. I’m a product of people expecting perfection out of me, or my own beliefs that I should only ever be perfect, and on and on.
While it pertains to writing, I’ll let you know straight up? You’ll never (let me bold that up and capitalize NEVER) achieve perfect writing, or grammar. Ever. Period. Compleeeeeetly. It won’t happen. You can decide that you’ve hit that perfection and I can promise someone will come along to say that the word wasn’t right (even if it’s your own made up word), wasn’t spelled right, used right, the grammar wasn’t, on and on.
So I’ll repeat myself: you’ll never be perfect.
I mean . . . not even a computer is perfect. It breaks down, it needs updates, there is just no such thing.
Stop trying for it.
I repeat it to myself here too.
Perfection is an illusion for us. We can strive for the best idea of perfection, but always remember that there is no such thing. Perfect is in the eye of the beholder. For me it means perfectly imperfect. If you’re trying, that’s awesome. If you do your best, that is awesome. We should aim for great, or even good enough, but no matter how hard we try to achieve perfection in our writing, it won’t happen.
Rather than go on, I will link you to this incredible article from Kristine Kathryn Rusch, which says everything. http://kriswrites.com/2012/06/27/the-business-rusch-perfection/
Wonderful quote from this article:
Anything can be critiqued. Criticizing something is easy. It makes the critiquer feel smart, and just a little bit superior to the writer.
After next week’s topic, we’ll start creating a story. But I wanted to answer a question that goes into pressuring ourselves. And for me personally, why that becomes a problem. George R.R. Martin happens to suffer from this right now. No kidding. Read through his “not a blog” posts and you’ll find that out.
NEXT WEEK’S TOPIC:
ANSWERING A QUESTION
WHY I HAVEN’T DONE NANOWRIMO
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