Tag: perfectionism

Reasons People Avoid Editing (+ Why They Shouldn’t)

Posted September 18, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Editing
Reasons People Avoid Editing (+ Why They Shouldn’t)

  People hate editing. It fills them with dread as they side-eye their draft wondering how little editing they can get away with. When I named my business, I always envisioned that the path of least revision meant approaching the editing process in a way that increases your efficiency and decreases your frustrations and the […]

Your First Draft Should Suck

Posted April 10, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Editing
Your First Draft Should Suck

It’s better to write a sucky first draft than a good one. Not because your goal should be to write crap, but because your first draft is ultimately the part of the process where you get everything down. How bad—or good—the draft doesn’t matter. Hitting the end is the beginning, not the end. Editing is […]

Chasing Perfection Is the Stupidest Writing Decision

Posted September 19, 2013 by Amanda Shofner in Writing
Chasing Perfection Is the Stupidest Writing Decision

You’re not perfect But who cares? Life isn’t perfect. You aren’t perfect. Your writing isn’t perfect. And attempting to achieve perfection is holding you back. Perhaps it’s even preventing you from starting your masterpiece. Perfectionism says, “If this isn’t perfect, no one will like it.” It whispers, “This is terrible. What are you even doing?” It […]