Writer’s Block? Lower Your Standards

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Maybe you aren’t writing because that internal editor demands perfection.
Lower your standards.

I am running again, following the Couch 2 5K program and there are days when it is hard! (Every day!) Like Monday. My legs gave out after 15-16 minutes and I stopped long before my planned 30 minutes. Still. That was more than I was running 3 months ago. I was a success. That didn’t mean I gave up on my goal of 30 mintues. I did that today, this morning. My goal this morning was 30 minutes, or at least, more than I ran on Monday. At 26 minutes into it, I wanted to stop again. But, gee, only 4 minutes left. You can’t stop then. I finished the whole 30 minutes. I did it by lowering my standards temporarily (beat Monday’s measly 16 minutes), and allowing myself to fail. On the other hand, when the finish was in sight, I made sure I didn’t stop.

So, in a first draft, we lower our standards. It’s just a first draft, get something on paper! Later, you can clean it up, revise it, or throw it away. But get the story down!

Writer’s block? Lower your standards! (Shh! Temporarily.)

For humorous cartoons on Writer’s Block, see my Pinterest Writer’s Block Humor board. IF you have great cartoons on this, please send them my way!

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