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Perfectionism as the most effective writer’s block

Many friends are hampered by perfectionism.  It leads to several of them not writing at all, and one rewriting the first page a dozen times.  Luckily, I’m not hampered by this.  I know that a good poem takes multiple drafts and that goes true for most writing.  So I write the first draft pretty quickly.

I heard a great solution to perfectionism. Create a hierarchy of things you are afraid to do poorly, starting with something that doesn’t matter at all. The next will matter a little. And so on until you get to something you are always struggling with.  The desensitize yourself by extinguishing the response by starting at the bottom and doing that chore badly– like arranging pencils on a table.  And then do the next thing badly and keep going up the ladder until you can comfortably write badly.

Writing badly for a while will desensitize you as you get used to it.  The truth it nothing bad happens when you write badly.  Nothing at all, except you get a draft you can work with.

 

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