Not Waiting for Perfect

When I have an idea that I want to write about I’ll sometimes find myself waiting for the perfect words to come – words to create the perfect introduction, middle and conclusion – all flowing beautifully one part to the other – expressing exactly what I want to say – clever, witty, inspiring – – – Thing is those words never arrive and  if truth be told they won’t be arriving anytime soon – – – – if they turn up at your place let me know and I’ll happily come get them.

So I’ve started writing anyway – other words – questionable and messy ones sometimes in sentences that flounder around and trip over themselves, hanging together awkwardly, each idea pushing the  other around and then occasionally – just occasionally – they band together, they unite as one and  – – – – say something lovely and real and meaningful. And then its all worth it.

Here’s something that’s kept me writing when I think maybe its all been said before – a big thank you to CS Lewis :

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will,nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. C.S Lewis  – Mere Christianity

So that answers that – in other words – just write from your heart

Someone else not waiting for perfect – her “imperfect” wisdom continually   inspiring me at home.

I don’t consider myself a writer but this has helped me.

As writers, we are often encouraged not to compare our messy beginnings with someone else’s ending. Translation: don’t be discouraged when your writing is terrible. The struggle is part of the process, part of everyone’s process. So when you’re working through a difficult piece of writing,  comparing your rough draft to a finished book is not a good idea.                Emily P.Freeman

Accept it – the sweat and tears and the bad writing are just part of the process of good writing. Enjoy the ride.

So when I take the pressure off and stop expecting perfect – when I swallow my pride and get over the part of me that doesn’t want to write something bad – I mean who am I kidding really – and just start writing whats in my heart – well thats when I free myself up to write something good.

When I write I can guarantee this – my word’s won’t “say it all”, they wont be the “last word” on anything, they may only hint at the “crux of the issue” – and thats all OK – I’d like them to do one little thing though – encourage – so if I get anywhere in the ball park of that then I’m still ahead of waiting for perfect.

Tracey xx

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