Archive for the perfectionism Tag

Waiting In Bewilderment

“To be engrossed by something outside ourselves is a powerful antidote for the rational mind, the mind that so frequently has its head up its own ass—seeing things in such a narrow and darkly narcissistic way that it presents a colo-rectal theology, offering hope to no one.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird Navel-gazing is one thing. A “colo-rectal theology” puts
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Getting the New Words Down

There’s no other goal. And yet, so often, it feels like the only thing I can’t manage to do. So I’m constantly searching for help. It’s a perk of running a site for writers as long as I have—I get the direct benefit. All the great insights and stories of writers struggling just like all of us, people you’d think
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“Start Messy, End Neat” : My One Trick for Writing Success

One of the big problems I didn’t realize about becoming an editor is that now I have a particularly pernicious inner editor to overcome. Thankfully, I’ve recently learned a trick for overcoming the typical block I get in working on my book. Given my tendency toward perfectionism, it’s no wonder my novel has sat on my hard drive for over a
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