“Nobody’s perfect. We’re all just one step up from the beasts and one step down from the angels.”
—JEANNETTE WALLS, FROM HALF BROKE HORSES: A TRUE-LIFE NOVEL
You hear the word perfectionist bandied about a lot, but what does it mean? Are you a perfectionist if you only show your best work? Are you a perfectionist if you hone and refine and polish your work? Are you a perfectionist if you commit all your free time to writing?
Perfectionism—much like inertia, a force that strangles a person’s ability to do any real writing—instills fears that you will never live up to a standard set in your mind or one that’s been set for you by others. People in the throes of perfectionism have great ideas they often struggle ...