On Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life.”

Anne Lamott via Brainpickings

Spending more time reading inspirational writing about writing, then it hits you that all this reading is not getting your writing done. I blame Brainpickings, one of the most engaging sites on the internet.

Sadly, I’ve also fallen down the rabbit hole of Lamott’s “Bird by Bird.”

Double dare you not to do the same.

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Published by mojourner

One writer's quest to rediscover her writing mojo, with a little help from her friends

5 thoughts on “On Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity

    1. I’m really liking Lamott. Unlike some of the books on writing I’ve read, she writes in a very approachable tone.

      Yes, it’s been a real challenge recently. My mind is definitely elsewhere. What is distracting you?


  1. I have to say that.. I do think perfectionism can actually help your writing so long as you don’t go too far.
    All things in moderation!
    Thank you for sharing and best of luck finding your rhythm in writing again!


      1. Isn’t ‘perfect’ subjective, though?
        Sorry, I’m really not trying to be argumentative, just curious!

        And I’m sure it will pick up soon.. ideas never sleep.❤


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