Productivity: Abandoning the Idea of “Perfect Work”

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Perfectionism (n.): a personal standard, attitude, or philosophy that demands perfection and rejects anything less. (dictionary.com)

“Perfectionism can be very difficult to overcome, especially when you’ve spent so much of your life trying to make everything as perfect as it can possibly be. I’m sure we’ve all been there, feeling the pressure of trying to edit a draft all the while being a bit too nit-picky. It can even stop us from creating, for when we spend too much time worrying about every minute detail, we forget why we began writing in the first place. It’s time we abandon the idea of perfection, because it just doesn’t exist.”

I began writing because I enjoyed the process, because I love storytelling, and because I enjoyed playing with words. There was a time where I wasn’t hard on myself at all, where I’d write frequently, and not worry about the outcome. It was only recently that I rediscovered what that feels like. When we spend too much of our time worrying about the things we can change later, things that don’t need to be attended to right away, we allow too much of our energy to be wasted. I always had a problem with this when I’d begin writing, as I couldn’t even get past the first few sentences without finding something I’d want to change. As the year goes on, I’ve been letting go much more – and in turn creating more, as well as more efficiently. I don’t worry too much on making things perfect the first time around, because I know that’s an unachievable goal. Nothing will ever truly be “perfect” and I’m done trying to chase that ideal.

Lately, I’ve been working on writing another short story, enjoying the process as I go along and not allowing my mind to be clouded by all the small, insignificant details I’d catch when I edit it. Make a note, and keep writing. That has been my mindset as of late, so that I acknowledge that it’s something I’m thinking about changing, and by making a note in the comment section of my document, I can return to it later. I’m trying new things with this short story, and I’m dabbling a bit into the fantasy/horror genres, something I don’t think I’ve explored since I began my writing journey. I’m excited to share my experience where that’s concerned in a blog post to come. 

For now, I’ve been quite enjoying just letting loose, and letting the story take shape any way I might like. Who knows? That may change at a later date, but for now I have a very clear picture in mind of how I want things to go. When it comes to the content I create, the stories I write, or the mindset I have, I am actively making sure that I don’t get too caught up on the small details, for there will be time for all of that to be attended to. For now, let’s take a step back, write something exciting, let’s take the time to let our imaginations run wild. 

The rest of my free-time today will definitely be spent writing this short story, as well as taking some time to finish up the novel I’m currently reading that I cannot wait to review. It has been an incredible read thus far, and it’s called: “The Suspect” by: Fiona Barton. It has really reignited my love for mystery novels, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. 

I hope you all enjoyed this here blog post and I thank you for taking the time to read! I’d really love to hear what you think in the comments below. 

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