Perfectionism Can Kill Creativity

I’m getting bogged down in revising sentences to make them perfect. The work feels weighty and stifling. 

I remember my advisor’s best advice for how to finish a dissertation or book. She said, “It doesn’t have to be your best work. It won’t be.”

The statement freed me to create and write with abandon. The inner judge kept quiet. It didn’t have to be perfect. 

It won’t be. 

And this attitude generated some of the most perfect sentences yet. 

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