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Letting Go–Wise Words For The Perfectionist

I think I could remember the opening paragraph in my sleep.  I’ve stripped the entire story down to the point of having to give it back its clothes. (Yes, I often take “bare minimum” and “minimalism” to the extreme)  I’ve read enough Dos and Don’ts articles to identify the major no-no’s: too much telling, too little plot, dialogue that takes over to the point of turning a novel into a screenplay…

So why am I sweating like a kid at his first recital?

Bottom line:  You do ALL that you can; you edit, proofread, draw your characters and shade them in with each revise; you find someone other than your doting Mother and favorite co-worker—preferably a professional—to give their no-holds-bar opinion of what’s good and what stinks in your story.  You revise again.  Then…you let go, because, in the end, that is the whole point. Right?



2011 Nano winner 2009 special mention in Writer's Journal for "Silent Words" Poet, avid reader, lover of art, average Jane

3 thoughts on “Letting Go–Wise Words For The Perfectionist

    1. I know:D Um, I haven’t let go yet. It’s one of those “do as I say, not as I do” post. LOL In fact, I’m more on the “if it ain’t done yet, put it back in the oven” mood today. You know how excited you get with a story…at first? Then you go back and think, “I can’t believe I showed this to people!” Well, I’ve done that with the draft, the first rewrite…, Never feed a half-cooked story to your audience:-) In all seriousness, though, I am a perfectionist; I could rewrite fifty times, and every one else could say stop it, and I’d still find something to “fix.” Best wishes on your writing.


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