Perfection Is The Enemy Of Good Writing — Here’s Why
Remove this word from your mind to enhance your work.
Voltaire was right.
Perfection is the enemy of good, or being more specific, best is the enemy of good.
In search of being the perfect version of ourselves, we have lost the good within us.
Perfection deeply affects the productivity of a person. For every newbie, who aspires to be a best writer, best public speaker, best cook, best employee, or best version of himself, unintentionally enters the world of perfectionism. He thinks if his work is not perfect enough, he can never become what he aspires to be.
Obsession with perfection never lets anyone to start their work at all. Because we humans can never be satisfied. You wrote a piece of article. Thought it is a perfect piece of art. You wait for sometimes before publishing. You again read that article and think, “This is not what I thought. It can be better.” You again edit your article. Again you read it and feel, “It can be more better.” You become frustrated and delete your draft. You trap yourself into a never ending loop of perfectionism.
Owing to this, you never take a step forward to publish your first article in front of readers. A guy, who didn’t know he had a potential to become a top writer, who can inspire people with his words, fails miserably. Because he just thinks his writing is not perfect enough.
Take my example. I am still a newbie in the writer’s world. I have written around 200+ articles (for my clients and blog) till now. But when I was just getting started with it, I had my phase where I wrote articles and deleted them thinking they are not good enough.
Reading success stories of popular writers pulling thousands of dollars per month always inspired me to write more. But when I saw their exceptional writing skills, I would assume that until I learn to write like them, I would never make it to the top. This negative thinking affected every aspect of my writing skills.
I would write. I would draft. I would delete. I would stare. I would give up.
It was my everyday job. I almost gave up writing assuming it’s not my cup of tea. What could I do then? I didn’t know anything other than writing. I wasn’t interested in 9–5 lifestyle. I can’t play sports. I had nothing with me except writing.
What did I do?
I started researching. I started reading articles on how to be a good writer. Meanwhile, I came across umpteenth of articles advising to write for one month consistently without leaving a single day.
Whatever comes to your mind, just jot it down.
There was no harm in trying this for a month. So, I tried and my results improved. I can now write everyday. But it wasn’t just writing every day which helped me. It was just writing every day made me overcome my obsession with perfection.
Because my only goal was to publish every day. I didn’t care if it was perfect or not. I only cared if it was adding value to my readers.
As Nicolas Cole says,
Writing isn’t the goal, Publishing is.
When you decide to publish your content every day, you churn out more and more content without judging your writing. Publishing every day is what helps you to become a top writer, not a perfect piece of art.
Next time, throw the word 'perfection' into the trash whenever you start writing. It will save your day.
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