I touched on this a bit in my previous post, but I brought this website back after a long, long period of time. After so much time has passed, I’m actually quite surprised that I’ve had the urge to write.
I actually tried my hand at writing a short story a while ago. I got caught up so much on the little details – what does this sentence say to the reader? Do these words flow properly? Will this set up this character properly for the long haul?
I only got a couple paragraphs in.
And to be honest, I think it’s because of a desire to be perfect, which can be a crippling desire.
When I was in school, we talked about ‘voice’, and how that was one of the most important aspects of writing. Don’t tell a story, tell your story. Mistakes are part of voice. Imperfection is part of your story. It’s hard to accept these thoughts, but it’s necessary.
In any creative venture, it is necessary to roll with the punches. Accept mistakes, learn from them, and continue to grow.
And now I finally pull all this all into why I’m writing. I believe that I need to force myself to make mistakes in something. I think it’s necessary to force myself to create, even if it’s not the perfect idea of what I want to create. And ultimately, I think that building this habit will put me into a better spot when it comes to creating my own projects.