What is perfect, anyway?

And why are we so obsessed with it? Is it based in a fear of somehow not being good enough?

Where does this idea that things should never be flawed come from, anyway? Was it something mom said, or a favorite teacher?

Does the challenge to write the perfect book scare the bejeeses out of you?

It’s one thing to have high standards—we should all aspire to something—but to be obsessed with achieving perfection will only hold us back. It will keep us from writing our strongest messages, our strongest dialogue, our strongest characters.

We accept that great literary characters are flawed characters. It’s their quirky flaws that make them memorable.

We should accept that we are not perfect writers, either. We can only do the best we can do. And often, that’s enough. So, I challenge you to just write, and don’t think about whether or not it’s “perfect.”

After all, DONE is better than PERFECT.

Carolyn

www.carolynvhamilton.com

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