I like that quote about being able to edit a bad page, but not a blank one. Well said!
I wouldn’t call myself a perfectionist usually, but this post is timely, as I’ve found myself hung up–and I mean completely hung up–on Chapter Nine of my WIP. What’s with the number nine?
Anyway, what I’ve found helpful is just to pretend I’ve got the chapter…scene…paragraph…sentence…word… more or less the way I want it and then move on, telling myself I’m allowed to come back later and “fix” it. When I eventually do go back, sometimes I realize it wasn’t so bad after all, and sometimes, once I’ve given the problem portion time to “percolate” I’ll know exactly what’s wrong.
Currently chugging away at Chapter Ten…