“‘Close enough’ is the olive branch.” – Bane
Striving to do our best and challenging ourselves to keep developing our skills is vital for writers, but perfectionism only leads to resistance.
But if we think we can actually achieve perfection, if we start expecting and demanding perfection, we create resistance.
We start thinking we shouldn’t start until we know we can do it perfectly. If our first effort isn’t perfect (and it won’t be), we stop and try to “fix it” before going on, and end up polishing the same paragraph or sentence over and over.
Before we know it, the only thing we perfect is our resistance.
Taking Chances and Being Good Enough
Even as we acknowledge that truth, we cling to not wanting to fail “too big” or “too publicly,” but eventually even these caveats have to go.
How do we tell when we’ve risked enough? How do we learn to avoid paralyzing ourselves with perfection? How can we tell when our writing is “close enough” to be sent out into the world? We practice.
Writers need places to practice being okay with being less than perfect. We need places where we can learn what’s close enough. One of my places to practice is an agility game called Chances.
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