Planning to Fail - My Solution to Perfectionism.
Impulsively I decide to rewrite froma sci-fi novel I started about 3 years ago. Maybe my Netflix "Fringe" binge inspired me. My current computer is crap so I downloaded a software called FocusWrit and got to writing. I set the alarm (within the software) for 1 hour and got to writing. After exactly one hour, I saved my work and shut it down.
How is this different from what I would do normally?
1. I chose one list from my "free online writing software" Google query. Usually I would spend countless hours until I found the 'perfect' software or program. I picked Focus Writer fromTechRadar's Top 10 list for software to unleash your creativity. TechRadar was one of the first of the search results and I picked FocusWriter because it was simple and had a built in- alarm system.
2. I didn't waste a whole lot of time trying to be critic and writer at the same time. I don't know about other writers, but this was a hard habit for me to break.
3. I didn't think about the quality of my work. Sometimes I involuntarily write for an imaginary audience. For me this is a bad thing, because before the words even get a chance to hit the page, I start to censor myself. Today I ignored the temptation.
4. I stopped writing when the alarm rang. I usually dismiss my alarms and keep going. When I do this it adds to my perfectionism frenzy. I start to obsess and everything goes down hill from there.
5. I did not 'read it over'.
My goal was to write for one hour. Accomplished. Tomorrow I probably will continue with what I started, but who knows? I have no plans.