I’m proud of people who claim to be perfectionists, and I know well I’m one of them. But the problem with perfectionism is procrastination–leave a comment if you think I’m wrong.
These great ideas flood my brain and my hands quickly type or write them onto lists. I have more blog calendars than I care to count. My perfectionism hinders my thoughts and confines them to Word documents and pieces of scrap paper because I just know that if I sit on the idea until I have the time (cue uncontrollable laughter), then I will create triumphant blogs and share thoughts that readers won’t be able to stop from sharing.
My guess is many writers suffer from similar feelings, and I’ll further wager that artists afflicted with perfectionism allow creativity to succumb to that One. Great. Idea. What’s worse is that the artists, writers and one-hit-wonders who succeed at producing content that stands the test of time often fail to try to produce more for fear of falling short of that first high-water mark.
So, my solution to the problem of perfectionism is to write, to release those great ideas as they come out–don’t wait until you have the time to “perfect” the thoughts to get them on paper. I am not suggesting that writers blog directly onto the Internet or overwhelm social media sites without thinking, but pick up the pen (or laptop) and write when the idea hits.
If I wrote a quick 200-300 word blog every time I thought of a great idea I would avoid long periods of stagnation. Since avoiding this blog for a few weeks I’ve developed a list of about 20 blog ideas, but I haven’t written more than the headlines and, in a few cases, the nut graph .
My example of taking my own advice is this post, which I will publish without too much editing because I want to create, and creating does not mean it has to be perfect every time. Depending on the purpose for creating, what one creates doesn’t necessarily ever have to be perfect. The catharsis and the improvement comes from the process. So, here’s to shaking off the spell of perfectionism and creating.