Monday, September 1, 2014

Anne Lamott: Avoiding Perfectionism

Anne Lamott
"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life...I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it." Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life


"It doesn't have to be perfect..."
All non-perfectionists can now breathe a sigh of relief! Don't you love Ms. Lamott's wise words on avoiding it?

In her wonderful book on writing she shows us that perfectionism is detrimental, because when striving for it in our manuscripts, we try not to leave too much of a mess to clean up.  But she points out that the clutter we leave behind can hide precious treasures that we'll discover later. And those treasures can be put to good use by providing more material to work with once we go back to revise and edit.

Being too tidy, according to Ms. Lamott, suggests that something is as good as it's going to get. In a previous post here, not looking back when writing a manuscript was discussed.

The important thing is to finish.  Plow ahead, make a mess! Don't worry about every little detail or whether or not it's polished enough.  That comes later, at revision time.

Have fun with that first draft; avoiding perfectionism allows a really great story to unfold!  Do you struggle with perfectionism? Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Reprinted from March 28, 2011

6 comments:

Steve Finnell said...

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There have been many who have claimed that they were Jesus Christ and some living today who make that assertion. If Christ has returned that would mean the entire world would have to be deaf, blind and void of all senses.

Jesus warned of false Christs: Matthew 24:5 For many will come in My name, saying, I am the Christ,' and will mislead many.

There are false Christs living today and they have followers.

WHAT IS THE SAFEGUARD AGAINST BEING DECEIVED?
ANSWER: SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES.

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

You would have to be a very sound sleeper to miss the Lord's return. No, you would have to be in a coma as the world has never known.

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

Even the liberal media and main stream press will not be able to hide that event from the world. The return of Christ will not go unnoticed.

Revelation 1:7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.

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Jennette Marie Powell said...

I learned waaaaaaay back when, early on in my previous life as a graphic designer, that "perfect" is the enemy of "finished." Sometimes that's still hard to let go of, but it holds very true with writing, too!

Norma Beishir said...

I've heard of this book but have never ready it. I've got to see if it's available on Kindle!

Norma Beishir said...

That was supposed to be I never READ it. Got distracted by your spammer.

William Kendall said...

Very sensible advice.

I've seen that spammer infesting blogs before.

Maria McKenzie said...

@Jennette: So true! Perfect IS the enemy of finished.

@Norma: I didn't even so your typo;). Sorry about the spam.

@William: Yes - it's worth remembering. Sorry about the "infestation."