I read a blog post today by Andrea Badgley, another WordPress blogger like me. She happens to work for Automatic, which is what made the post particularly interesting to me. She shared her presentation from WordCamp US and said, “Perfect is the enemy of done.”
I like it.
This blog is all about me putting content out into the world without perfection. There will be a time and a place for refined short stories and essays to appear in well-respected publications, but that’s not the point of this blog. My blog is my new playground and an exploratory place to work through my thoughts. In doing so, I am going to keep her quote close.
Perfect is the enemy of done.
A few other quotes that struck me recently, though I do not remember where I saw them (Etsy? A meme?):
- “I am a writer. I do not tolerate reality.”
- “I’m introverting. Please go away.”
Another quote from a journal that my cousin gave me for Christmas:
“Light tomorrow with today.” (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
That one struck me, because it is important to live in the present. Incidentally the journal also has five robins sitting in the midst of flowering tree branches, AND my cousin is a super important person in my life. I plan to fill the journal with my own quotes.
And while I like Browning’s view on the present, I tend to ruminate about the past. I enjoy ruminating even, but I wonder, is too much ruminating unproductive? My husband and I talked about some of this right after Christmas and came up with a plan to help me answer that question. From March 1, 2016 – March 1, 2017, I am going to work toward some concrete goals (in-progress), work within a budget, and allow myself to ponder over reoccurring thoughts about mental illness. I aim to flush out some of my past and see if that leads my writing and mental health anywhere fruitful.
A strategy in Badgley’s presentation is to Publish in 10 Minutes Per Day for practice and the possibility for a “prime moment to arise.” Since I have some time between now and my March 1 start date, I am thinking of writing “10 minute posts” every day in February. I am not sure if it’ll work for me or not, so I am going to take the rest of January to see if that might fit in as part of the ground work I am trying to lay before I get down to business.
Badgley also suggests creating a prompt box to pull from for any days that writer’s block occurs. I am not sure about that either, but I am planning to attend a work-shop offered by Creative Nonfiction magazine at the end of January that I might use to help inspire some prompts. Based off what I learn at the work-shop, I could create intentional prompts that align with some of my goals. We’ll see. Sometimes it is fun to write off the cuff, especially on my playground.
And with that, I leave you with an original quote that I came to by writing this post:
“To catch up with the present, you must confront your past.” (Robin T. Galt)