Today is day 2 of the Reverb10 writing challenge. Each day this month you are given prompts to help you write on a topic.
Leo Babauta , one of my online minimalism mentors, gave the prompt today.
It was: Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it”
Well, it took me about 30 seconds to come to my conclusion.
I want things to be perfect. I want my thoughts to be perfect. My words to be the best possible to deliver my message to the person who is reading this: YOU!
And the truth is that I have yet to write a perfect post this one included. I have a friend that regularly corrects my grammar. Although I think it’s ok, it could be better.
I eventually give in to my thirst for perfection and just write as the words come to me. I try to go back an edit and make sure it makes sense, but eventually I just have to hit publish. And I do.
And then I re-read my post again, and I find several big screwups here and there.
I went through this last night. I published my first #reverb10 article and as soon as it went live and out to my peeps, I caught several mistakes.
But I fixed them.
And now I think I have a decent little post that I put my emotions into it. My thoughts became words which now the world can see and feel if they connect.
The worst part about my Perfection (or lack thereof) is that it then gives way to procrastination. And that leads to lack of focus which leads to me writing this at 11:22 (central time) to make sure I fulfill my commitment on this challenge.
I haven’t written two days in row for this site EVER. Funny what a little bit of accountability will do for the motivation and perfection bug.
Thank you for this #reverb1o. Only have 29 more days to go.