Are you stuck in the box of “not good enough” in your writing? You may be a perfectionist. Read on to find out how perfectionism may affect your writing.
How Perfectionism May Affect Your Writing
Do you know there’s a difference between good writing and perfectionist writing? All writings have a touch of perfection in them because every writer wants to create something different and something intelligible, and not some verbose writing that’ll send their names down the drain in the list of good lancers.
Do you know what perfectionism means in writing?
To understand how perfectionism may affect your writing, you need to know what perfectionism is. Let’s take a stroll around that. Perfectionism is the refusal or belief to not settle for or accept anything less than perfection.
This definition denotes that perfectionists would stop at nothing to make their writing top-notch or “perfect.” They edit and proofread to a great extent beyond the normal, and in the process, they destroy the creativity in their writing.
Remember that perfectionism goes beyond being perfect – when you want your work to be perfect you adhere strictly to the grammar rules and add your creativity, while a perfectionist
has a problem with almost everything about the work – the paragraphs, apostrophes, dash, comma placement, diction, coherence, and cohesion – almost everything.
A perfectionist feels there’s always a problem with the whole writing project and wants to edit them till they are what has never been seen by anyone else – topnotch perfected writing –
ignoring the basic grammar rules right under his nose. It becomes some ducked job done by a dud. This fact reflects the cliche; “too much of everything is bad.”
There are, however, ways to get rid of perfectionism and appear perfect in your own way in your writing project.
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Things for you to do to show how you can get by without slipping through the perfectionist eel
Mistakes are part of life – Get used to them:
You may wonder why you see articles and stories of top quality with a few mistakes in them – those errors, either grammatical or typographical, do not in any way denote that the writer is not a good one or that he doesn’t know how to spell. Simply a mistake is inevitable; you have to eliminate them, but if some slip through, it’s only natural.
Make the mistakes, and come back to them later. I write with only two drafts; the third is for publishing. I believe that my writing is as good as it can be, and I also allow feedback to come in – learning is dynamic and a long-run adventure.
Mistakes are not signs of failure or illiteracy. On the contrary, it shows you’re not a robot and that you have creativity embedded in you that you could present in writing.
Stop self-doubt – you’re better than that
You obviously think that you’re not good enough to compete with other writers. The truth is, you don’t have to compete at all. You’re on a writing journey, not in a competition – there’s no one to prove yourself to except you. Demotivation is the greatest obstacle you can face; you won’t be productive enough when you are not yourself. Trying to prove yourself only takes you to the path of perfectionism – you will need to retrace the step you’re taking, trust me.
Write it already; don’t wait for motivation
Many writers are in this category – they often need the muse to write. Everyone needs a muse, but when it’s taking long, you got to do something about it. Write it already! Waiting for the muse is procrastination. You might never find the muse you’re looking for; you have to write what is on your mind and make the story begin.
There is a way out, a way to check out of the wait. Anytime you feel that you have to get started when the muse strikes, you must know that you have to ask yourself some questions – what do I want to write about? What is my story?
You must answer these rhetorical questions. If you recount the reason you wanted to write, the idea formulated in your mind, and the plot and setting you created initially, you will set yourself on the path to writing. When you remember these things, you’re good to go; any other delays would be nonchalance and a flaw on your end.
This voyage called writing is broad and professional expectations make writers want to prove themselves, even when they have no one to prove themselves to. This doesn’t mean that as a writer, you shouldn’t strive to present clear and concise writing; your writing is your selling point and your aircraft to set yourself in motion.
The writing industry is one of the industries that immortalizes legends. You can become one of the legends life and time offers to their generation. Therefore, you must write to make a
difference but not to get stuck in perfectionism.