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Anne Lamott on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity | Brain Pickings

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If you give freely, there will always be more. … It is one of the greatest feelings known to humans, the feeling of being the host, of hosting people, of being the person to whom they come for food and drink and company. This is what the writer has to offer.

That's a good analogy. A writer is a host.

I have this book.  I should do more than skim it.  I now have some really great books, abooks, etc. on writing.  I'm held back because I enjoy reading about writing more than writing, and because I'm a perfectionist who doesn't want to really start until I know as much as possible.  And a lot is possible.

It sounds like you really should read this book to combat that perfectionism!

Good enough is good enough. 

I know, that's why I had to have it to complete my perfect collection.

Ha, you're a perfect perfectionist. 

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