Tuesday, February 25, 2014

7x7 Post #2: Writer's Remorse

I made the mistake of going back through some of my old blog posts a few weeks ago. I don't know if this happens to everyone, but after reading several of them I was just like, "um, wut?"

thanks for this, mom
My inner perfectionist was not feeling it. She really, REALLY wanted me to delete, rewrite, edit, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD JUST DO SOMETHING. "This blog is not perfect!" she screamed. "And people will SEE that it's not perfect and then *gasp* judge you!"

Fortunately, I've already had this conversation with this inner demon of mine. I can look at my blog, heck even my life and say, "It needs more of this and less of this and gee whiz, my numbers aren't that great." (Boo you, Google Analytics. Boo you, scale.) But I'm not writing (or living) to be perfect. I'm writing to record the beautiful weirdness that is my life, the challenges, the struggles, the ups and downs, and of course the kick ass crochet patterns.

That last one doesn't quite fit, but WHATEVER. I DO WHAT I WANT.

I'm trying to create my own internal definition of perfection, of "success".

"If I can't do it perfectly, I don't do it," is not a viable excuse ... except with regard to volleyball/basketball/baseball/anything else that involves a fast moving spherical object near my face.

Because I can't do that at all. My two front teeth will testify to that.

Despite the fact that I REALLY wanted to, I left the imperfect posts. I didn't edit. I didn't rewrite. My inner editor screamed in disapproval. But you know what? She's just gonna have to shut up. 

Sometimes you can cut off your own feet trying to be perfect, and that applies not only to writing, but to ALL areas of life.

The point: Write for YOU. Find your definition of "successful". Own your life. Own your mistakes. Own your weird writing style and unfunny jokes.

But not your typos. Never your typos.

Spellcheck was invented for a reason, people. ;-)

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