Sunday, November 22, 2009

I Have To Stop Trying To Write Perfect

What can I say? I'm just going to admit it. I am the ambitious type. Okay, that was a lie. I'm the overachiever type.

Productivity is important to me. I want to see progress, ideally right away. If I can make a list and check off things I have accomplished, I'm in heaven. A list with check marks gives me concrete proof of my productivity.

This month I haven't felt productive. Even though, it looks like I am going to finish my NaNoWriMo novel: 50,000 words! I wanted more produced. For example, I wanted to write more blog posts. But I didn't find time to do it. Okay, that was a lie. Because, if I wasn't so darn concerned about writing perfect posts, I probably would have had time. I wrote this post in less than fifteen minutes.

My problem isn't time. My problem is perfection. Being a perfectionist and an overachiever is stressful. The bottom line is: I have to give up one or the other. I have to stop beating myself up over less than perfect writing. I have to put this goal at the top of my list! I can't wait for the day when I will be able to cross it off. That day will be worth a big celebration.


  1. Do you go in and change some punctuation? Perhaps an adjective or two? Just when you think it is perfect, do you lay in bed and say "Oh, I should have left that part out?" If so, you are doomed with the detail disease. Only known cure is to be published; not only published but acclaimed!

  2. All the time! My writing is never finished. Did you see some stuff that need help? Let me know! I can handle it.