Posted by: Kelly Deeny | April 5, 2012

Perfection: My roadblock

I’ve never thought of myself as a perfectionist.  I procrastinated, second guessed and doubted throughout most of my high school and college career.

Was I writing about the right topic? Was I getting my point across? Will the professor like it?”

All these worries worked on my self-esteem until I ended up putting off the finished work until the night before.  Sometimes, most-times, I worked well under pressure and created a cohesive and passionate piece of writing.  In other instances the finished work reflected my lack of care in the project I was working on.

In that respect I’ve realized that when it comes to my writing I am a perfectionist.  I want my work to match the level of importance, value and passion that I have inside to give it.  I create so much expectation before my pen even hits the paper that I overwhelm myself with all the possibilities for failure.

I have so much invested in my novel that the very idea of creating a finished piece that’s less than stellar is unfathomable.  I believe in this story.  I want to see it thrive.  But while I work diligently to perfect each chapter, each word and each transition it’s one more day not in the hands of readers.

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