Let's talk about finishing. I'm enjoying the little ink doodles I'm doing to illustrate my book. Problem is, I'm doing them over and over again. True, there is nothing wrong with tweeking and futzing to get just the right outcome. However, I finish a doodle and I'm happy with it. Then I think about how I have ONE chance to get this book right. And it sends me back to redo a finished doodle.
Is this perfectionism? Yup, it sure is.
I'm feeling very excited about having a book in my hands that I've written and illustrated. So I want it to be really good... Not honest. I want it to be perfect. My head knows perfect isn't a possible outcome, so why am I listening to perfectionism. I think I'll try what my friend Debbie says to perfectionism. "Thank you for pointing out the way I used to do things. You are welcome to stick around and see how I do things now."
This message was in my fortune cookie last night as I wrote this blog... really, it was!
I thought I was a recovered perfectionist. But these little creativity crunchers show up at the oddest times.
Perfectionism won't be ignored and it can't be attained. I must acknowledge it and move on. I hate the idea of "good enough" so I'm going to try "I'm happy with it" instead. I now have about eight different illustrations for the first of ten chapters. I can say "I'm happy with it" about at least two of them. Now it's time to move on or I will never reach the finish line.
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