The Problem With Perfectionism: “Forget the Rules, Just Write.”

Are You Making Progress?

I do believe that outlining your novel is important because it delineates the way in which you see your story progressing, it encompasses the important attributes of your characters, and it gives you a reason to continue. Though, you have your plot all planned out, a visual of what your characters look like and how they behave, and yet you’re still having trouble sitting down to get any writing done. It happens to us all, when we just aren’t making the progress we believe we should be, and in some cases we’re extremely hard on ourselves because of this. So you’re at a standstill, you’ve done any and every possible thing you can think of and yet you still find that it’s too difficult to begin. What’s next? 

For me, when I am not as invested in a project it’s because I am not that excited about continuing it, and that could be for a variety of reasons:

  1. I planned it out a little too much and it has completely lost all spark and sense of excitement. 
  2. I wasn’t really that excited about the idea in the first place, but I haven’t completed anything in a while and so I went with it.
  3. I have not given myself enough time to get writing (and then the project is hidden in a folder, never to be seen again).
  4. I’m afraid that it’s not going to be as good as my other work. I’m afraid it’s not going to leave me as fulfilled as pieces I have written in the past.

The fourth one has been a big one for me over the last few months, until I snapped out of it. I am evolving, as a human and as a writer, and my writing is never going to be the same as it was. I am certainly someone that appreciates an initial outline, but I love when the story decides to take an entirely different turn, something I’m incredibly excited to note that will surface later on. Planning is good, but it’s not for everybody. If you find that you’re not making progress because you’ve taken the time to plan it all out a little too much, then take a step back, open a new document, and JUST WRITE. 

This really allowed me to claw my way out of my planning hole of deep despair, for I had a bunch of great ideas, I just spent too much time trying to outline a chapter rather than actually writing. 

When I was coming off of my writing hiatus, I found it incredibly difficult to see any idea through until the end, no matter how excited it may have made me in the beginning. I lost all interest in the idea rather quickly, and that made wanting to sit down and write seemingly impossible. That’s why I tucked all of those unfinished gems into a folder, and opened up a blank document and just let it all go. 

I let go of all the things that were scaring me, all of the doubts I had in my writing that were never present before. I was so afraid that it wasn’t going to amount to what it once had been, that I wouldn’t even go back and read my work before continuing. However, those days are long gone, and I am just allowing myself to enjoy whatever it is that comes out when I sit down to write. It might not be the best thing you’ve ever written, or it may very well be, but you won’t know until you’re actually moving forward and not allowing your fears to get in the way of the process you’ve always loved.

One of my biggest goals over the past couple of months had been not only to stay consistent with my writing, and the work that’s getting done behind the scenes, but to also stay consistent with the content I write here on my blog and or content I share on my Wattpad Profile

Here I am, third blog post of the week – never to have been seen before (or at least in a very long time). I hope you all are making to progress you want to make in whatever it is you’ve set out to do.

Thank you for reading, and happy writing!

(I do not own the photographs above).

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