Monday, February 8, 2010
This is sort of a parallel post to this post on the Writer's Chronicle blog.
Recently I've been reading the Social Animal edited by Elliot Aronson. In the first chapter, Aronson emphasises that social psychology research involves a 'leap of faith'. Using the metaphor of Monsieur Grand, he highlights the point that by continuous seeking perfection in our work, we will never progress.
Well, Call me Monsieur Grand!
There is always such a huge emphasis on the hook and the importance of an excellent first line, it often makes me forget that there has to be a second and third line too. I think that the thought of having to create something 'perfect' makes the task of actually writing so difficult.
Why? Because if you seek perfection constantly, you will always be going backwards. It has taken me so long (that its sad) to realise that - yes you're allowed to write utter crap in your first/second/third draft!! It is only the end draft which really counts!
Perhaps it's a lack of confidence, which causes this overwhelming feeling when i click on word or maybe it's the little self-editor that constantly berates and makes me delete my sentences.
But, if the field of psychology/science can allow themselves to make mistakes so those following can improve on their findings, then shouldn't I as a writer allow my first draft to be flawed - so my later writings can improve and consequently progress!
Perfection is a myth, once you stop looking for it - writing becomes alot easier.