Ah, perfection. A creative person’s little demon. We want everything to be perfect in our work. We write and rewrite, edit and re-edit, again and again in the attempt of perfection. We want that perfect product before we let go. And it’s only natural, after all, because it will have our name on it.
So, we keep playing the over-analyzing game and we get distracted and procrastinate. Maybe we stop all together and get sad about it instead. We don’t hit the publish button. We are infected. Infected with Perfection.
I’ve got news for you: There is no such thing as perfection.
In writing, or in life, perfection does not exist. The word should be removed from language entirely. Perfection does not exist, so it is impossible to achieve!
Think about it. Is anything really perfect? Things can be on a scale from poor to excellent, but nothing is actually perfect.
Once you realize this, you can move forward. You can over-analyze and over-think all you want, but at some point you have to let it go, or your project will never be complete.
Instead, you simply do the best work you can, as high-quality as you can, and then you put it out to the world in good faith and confidence.
I’m not saying it’s easy. Whoever said writing is easy never actually did any. You still have to work hard because you can’t put a poor-quality product out there and expect it to sell. So, this is what you do:
- Look at what works and what doesn’t- and do only the stuff that works.
- Value and believe in your own ideas.
- Realize that people want your stories, they want to hear what you have to say, and…
- It doesn’t have to be perfect.
Rid yourself of the Perfection Infection and eliminate that word from your vocabulary. Be real. Be inspired. Have faith in your work.
Remember our mantra: Accomplishment=Confidence.
P.S. Does the Perfection Infection haunt you sometimes? Do you have a creative way to deal with it? Share your comments below.