Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.Anne Lamott
I want to spit out perfect first drafts. It’s true. But what really really helps me deal with the perfectionist monster is making myself write these blog posts everyday. Some days they are great! Most days I’m just keeping routine. It’s the discipline. I heard an entrepreneur say don’t be 100% everyday. You’re going to burn yourself out doing that. Have a 1 or 2 days a week that you work 100% and then prioritize tasks on other days.
I’m gunna be honest as a consumer, I can’t tell when you’re working at 85% vs your 100%. Somedays I just need you to open the door for me. So as a consumer, none of the stuff behind the scenes matters to me on a daily basis. Let yourself start sloppy and master cleaning it up. Let yourself have restful write days and then have writing days where you go hard. I’m not saying don’t cover yourself. I’m not saying cut corners. I’m saying don’t burn yourself out because what you have to give is more valuable than you realize especially when you’re doing the work on a daily basis.
This writers life isn’t for the weak! Well, actually that’s wrong, it’s for everyone (we’ve all heard about Hans Christian Anderson) but a combination of grace and discipline really helps to keep the stories coming. And that is exactly what we want, your stories!