I used to write very, very slowly. At the time, I thought that was the only way to write. Each word had to be perfect before I moved on.
There is nothing wrong with writing this way, if it works for you. I am a huge believer that each writer has her own writing process. But for me, it wasn't working. I was worried too much about perfection and not creating anywhere near enough writing.
Recently I was working on a first draft of a new manuscript, and I kept reminding myself...
perfection is not the goal!
"Just get something down," I would tell myself. "And then you can make it better."
And it worked! For me the blank page is incredibly intimidating. Whatever will I write?
But, once there is something (anything!) on that page, revision is so much fun! I love polishing (and polishing and polishing and polishing), my words until they shine!
Once I had something down for each stanza, that sense of blank page intimidation went away. Then I just got to play to make each stanza better.
And play I did! It was so much fun!
To be clear, I am sure this manuscript is not yet done. But, I am equally sure that it is much further along than it would be if I had worried about perfection from the very beginning.
So I wonder: Do you allow yourself to write badly? Do you encourage (or even celebrate) it? Why or why not?