Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Quote of the Day

"Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in."

--Leonard Cohen

"Water which is too pure has no fish."

--Ts'ai Ken T'an

Repeat after me: Just for today I will set aside any perfectionism that inhibits me from sharing my writing with others. I will let the "good enough" word (or phrase or story or novel) be good enough.


sarahmatanah said...

A crucial point. I try to think of myself of part of the long, slow conversation that is sf and fantasy writing. You don't contribute anything to a conversation if you don't open your mouth and risk making yourself look a bit of a you know what. Sarah

Laura Bradley Rede said...

I like your way of thinking of it, Sarah. I think Kelly McCullough first brought up the "good enough word" on the Wyrdsmith's blog, or possibly in the class he taught at the Loft. It stuck with me. I think some perfectionism is good if it makes you detail oriented enough to communicate clearly with your reader. But after a point, perfectionism can become detrimental if it means you never show your work to a reader at all!
Sometimes when I am being perfectionistic I'm trying to protect myself from criticism, to fill in every little chink in my story's armor. Sometimes it's good to be vulnerable.