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I have learned that I use perfectionism to deal with fear of finishing my work. One of the ways I have been dealing with that in my writing is by participating in the annual NANOWRIMO challenge.  It really helps to improve my writing and gets me moving. Michelle Russell at Write To Done gives us five tips to deal with perfectionism that might be holding you back from writing success. 

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How To Keep Writing: 5 Tricks To Sneak Past Perfectionism

We won't talk about the issue of being distracted by too many cat videos....

We won’t talk about the issue of being distracted by too many cat videos….

By Michelle Russell

Have you been sitting in front of your computer for what feels like hours?

You know the feeling.

Typing a few words, deleting them, groaning in frustration, getting a couple of sentences down only to decide they’re not quite right…

You’re about ready to tear your hair out.

You recognize what’s happening, of course. Your inner perfectionist is rearing its obnoxious head, inciting an epic battle between you and the blank page.

And the blank page is winning.

This could happen for several reasons.

Maybe you’ve got a deadline looming and you’re under time pressure.

Maybe you only have a rough idea of what you want to write about, and you’re worried it’s not going to come out coherently.

Or maybe you care so much about your subject matter that you’re afraid you’ll never do it justice.

Whatever the cause, you’re stuck. Of course you’ve heard all the well-meaning advice about not being a perfectionist; to just get something written that you can edit later.

But you honestly can’t write just anything.

Wondering how to keep writing?

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