Quote This: Anne Lamott on #perfectionism

Anne Lamott

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft.


Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist’s true friend. What people somehow (inadvertently, I’m sure) forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are here — and, by extension, what we’re supposed to be writing.”

Anne Lamott

This gem brought to you by me via (what else) Maria Popova’s BrainPickings.org. For more Madame Lamott, you can follow her on Twitter @AnneLamott. Or you could (gasp) read Bird By Bird.

Nothing By The Book this week was, first, about how we teach children to lie, and then, about killing board game cheaters. Consistent messaging? Um, well. Read and judge for youself.

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