Is Perfectionism Killing Your Success?

Excellent article on how perfectionism can kill your work.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 7.23.57 AM

Last time I wrote about stress and how it can kill creativity. Many “normal” people (code for “non writers”) see our job as play, as fun. They really don’t grasp what goes into creating the stories they all enjoy and that it is a lot of work. Also, because our field is so subjective, writers must endure an onslaught of “enemies” no one else can see because often they are in our head. Sometimes, in our effort to produce the best work we can, we invite in a very dangerous enemy.


All of us want to do a good job. We want to put our best foot forward. We all say that we want feedback and critique, but deep down, if we are real honest, we want people to love everything we say and do. Unfortunately, this isn’t the reality. We can’t please everyone, and it is easy…

View original post 1,826 more words


2 thoughts on “Is Perfectionism Killing Your Success?

  1. I am so guilty of this; especially reworking chapters/ stories to death. I have to accept that it won’t be perfect & maybe some stories just won’t come together. Chalk it up as a trunk novel and move on. I’ve now set a time limit on revisions the same old same old and forced myself to move on an write new things.

    1. That’s a great idea, Echo! Sometimes moving on to new things helps you realize where another story went wrong and you can rework it. I know an author who came back to his novel after more than five years of it sitting on his computer, finished it, and got a publisher.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s