Writing for Perfection

writing-in-the-dark-1497115When I write, I find myself second guessing my delivery of whatever it is that I am writing. From a journal entry to an email, I rewrite and rewrite and rewrite.  I have people read it.  I question their understanding of what I wrote.  I second guess what they share with me.  I use Grammarly to catch all the grammatical errors.  I google similar examples to make sure that I am on task.  I believe at times this hinders me from being my true self as a writer.  I want just to write. I want to be free from the confines of drafting for perfection.  I want to be able to share what I want to say without being in the prison cell of perfection.  Perhaps my confidence in my writing ability needs to improve to evolve adequately beyond the realms of perfect writing. Does perfection exists in the world of writing?
Perfection

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11 thoughts on “Writing for Perfection

  1. Great post and interesting question. Perfect writing for me means answering yes to the following:

    Did you get your point across the way you intended?
    Did you do it effectively and efficiently?
    Are you content with the result?

    In other words, I decide whether my writing is perfect or not.

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      1. It’s the third point that gets most people I think. It’s difficult to be happy with your own work as we are often most critical of ourselves. But that’s why perfection isn’t a common thing.

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      1. i belong to a weekly writing feedback group. i find this to be a good way to see how an audience of 14 react to my work. is something not clear? does an idea need to be developed? do i need more commas (one woman describes herself as ‘the comma Queen’). to me it’s like the famous comedians who try their jokes ‘off Broadway’ before performing ‘on Broadway’. it’s great to have audience reaction rather than a close friend or member of the family. feedback on our work is essential, in my opinion.

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  2. I crave connecting with other writers and just have intellectual conversation. My current situation is isolation. At times, I feel like I’m losing all the knowledge that I have because I am not Ina writing group. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. i don’t know where you live but you could look into writing groups in your area or through the local writers’ centre. or start your own group by advertising in the local paper, or at uni or a community centre. or join an online group. but i think face to face is better. most writers feel isolated because it’s such a solitary activity.

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      1. I reactivated FB to find a writing group in my area. I was going to one, but they were not helping me. They were other professors. I felt like their criticism was not constructive. I stopped going. 😦

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      2. yes, finding the right writing group for you can take some research. i’ve been in various groups over the years. sometimes i’m in two groups at once. i run my work past one group, rewrite, then run it past the second group. at the moment i’m in a group of 14 people, so we only get about 12 minutes each to read a page or two and then receive feedback. but it’s long enough to be able to judge if the words are hitting their mark or not. i would encourage you to try another group, or start your own. Libby

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  3. I also have at times been completely guilty of pointlessly censoring myself – heck I used a prompt recently to write a short piece about it – in the pursuit of perfection so this really struck home!

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