Tuesday, February 4, 2014

My Solution to Being a Perfectionist - Day 4

I don't know what's going on with Blogger.  Again, my post didn't publish.  Oh well. 

I need to change my titles from Day to Post.  I don;t post everyday, even though I am writing everyday.

I have really left the perfectionist behind.  I just write.  I write in my journal and/or I write on my story.  I don't re-read.  I don't edit.  I don't agonize over my characters and plots. I just write.  After only a few days I have already made a few discoveries about myself as a writer.  

1.  The perfectionist needs to stay away.  There is more freedom in writing just to write without worrying about the "success" of the project.  It doesn't matter if it is good or bad, just done.  That alone has allowed me to be honest about the quality of my writing - which in itself is liberating.  It's easy to say you suck when no one is going to lay eyes on your work.   

When I decide to move forward with a project, I would do well in prioritizing my creativity.  

2. When there is no end game that I have to be "perfect" for, I have more fun. I can experiment. That is what I mean by "planning to fail."  I can actually fail at writing the next hot novel, but I as long as I keep 

This week I focused on telling the truth in my writing.  So I am writing what I know.  Immediately writing got easier. 

So my next focus is being more descriptive and setting the tone.  What has suffered the most over the last two years is my ability to create texture and feel.    I need to add color, emotion, texture, tone. All the things that make a great writer.  I don't want my characters to have to spell out everything in order for a reader 'get it'.

Ill let you know how it goes.

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