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Writing: Get it wrong so you can get it right

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Instead of fearing imperfection in your work, embrace it. Sometimes we have to get it wrong so we can get it right. I prefer to call it experimentation.

The discipline of any creative pursuit — writing, painting, photography — requires constant trial and error. In fact “errors” are precursors to original ideas. They reveal new directions, the unexpected, a twist.

Even athletes know this. Marathon runner Ryan Hall could have been speaking about writing when he was quoted in a New York Times article about his quest for an Olympic gold medal:

“I don’t see failure as a negative thing at all anymore, which is a huge shift for me,” he said. “I just see that as part of my training, my process, learning, experimenting, getting it wrong so that I can get it right.”

So the next time you find yourself feeling stressed because the words aren’t flowing or the photo isn’t materializing as you envisioned it, keep pushing forward. Keep experimenting.

Success is right around the corner.

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  1. Words to remember when I get frustrated – thank you!

    August 13, 2012
    • Thanks for your comment! I like to think that the more we make mistakes, the more we learn, and the closer we are to success.

      August 13, 2012
      • I agree – but the compulsive perfectionist in me sometimes wishes it weren’t so! ;)

        August 13, 2012
  2. name nadlastname #

    thats a very hopeful article

    August 14, 2012

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