Applying the Japanese Idea of Wabi-Sabi to the Writing Life: Accepting the Ephemeral and Imperfect in Your Craft
As a freelance editor, one of the main problems my writers face is the ideal of perfection. I struggle with this myself as a writer. If my project isn’t complete, it feels utterly imperfect, and that creates a mental block. I can’t write.
Or else, I look at the work of other writers and think: They wrote this perfect thing. I’ll never be good enough to compete with them.
Putting aside the idea that writing is a competition (News Flash: It’s not.), I think this is a perfectly natural desire — the desire to be perfect. After all, as humans, we are always striving toward something in our lives. Writers are a special type of human in that we are striving towards creating — and we have high levels of perfectionism because we care about our work!
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Holly Lyn Walrath is a freelance editor and author of poetry, flash fiction, and short fiction. Find her on Twitter @HollyLynWalrath
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