Perfectionist, why me?


Ok we have established that I am a perfectionist and for some reason I am writing my book in both first and third person. I am even switching mid-sentence. I don’t know why I am doing this. I must not be concentrating fully on what I am doing.

Now here’s my dilemma. NANOWRIMO basically says just write. Get the story down. No editing until it is over. I am wasting time editing because of my perfectionism and I am never going to finish. BUT it bothers me.

Do I make myself miserable and leave it alone and just write and fix it later or do I give up the chance to finish 50,000 words by November 30 and make myself happy?

What do you think? What would you do?

Tessa

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18 thoughts on “Perfectionist, why me?

    1. Tessa Post author

      Ahh the ever clever Flo has spoken. Man you’re smart. I will leave it alone as much as possible. I would like to get it done in time. 50,000 words is a lot, but still not really novel length so will have to work on it afterwards anyhow. I may never do anything with it, but it would be nice to say I wrote a book. 🙂

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  1. jncthedc

    If one is going to improve their own life, they must learn flexibility and patience. You can always adjust or edit ideas and concepts, but they must be down on paper or in a computer to do so. How perfect is something if it isn’t completed on time? Perfectionism isn’t based on speed; it’s based on outcome.

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    1. Tessa Post author

      I am just writing away right now and not correcting typos and first person. Trying to pay attention to what I am writing. I need to get the story down and then the fill ins and mistakes . I am trying not to be so perfect, while not driving myself crazy at the same time.

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  2. coffeenwinemom

    I do both. I write to get the ideas out. Then I leave it alone for a bit. Edit when I come back and continue on.
    You have to do what works for you. Don’t make yourself miserable but make sure the story and ideas get on paper. We all have our own process. Trust yourself and your instincts.

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  3. orbb80

    I think getting it all out is very important, but much like you I am a perfectionist so I would spend a lot of time editing after I put my thoughts “on paper” – I find it easier to edit when I have a total, more or less

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    1. Tessa Post author

      I already know that I will be writing and rewriting it forever. My cognitive skills are a little slow right now and I find the funniest word in there besides this switching of 1st and 3rd person in one sentence even. It was probably when I was writing late at night and half asleep due to my pills.

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  4. jannatwrites

    What would I do? I’d avoid the challenge entirely because it doesn’t fit the way I write (which is not much this year, haha). But this is about you 🙂 If your satisfaction will come from reaching the 50k goal then you need to force yourself to leave it alone and just write. Good luck with the challenge!

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