“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
I have had a hard time writing lately. It may not seem like it, because I have still been doing some writing challenges in the last couple of weeks, but really those are the best things I’ve written and that is pretty sad. I am just not feeling like I am connecting with any story I am writing, or more particularly, with any characters that I am writing.
So I thought I would try something new. A space opera. So that’s what I’m working on tonight. I am working on a shitty first draft, and I am dying, I am dying, I am dying perfectly every minute.