Right now, I’m in the beginning stages of writing my fourth book. And though I’ve learned the lesson I am going to share with you a million times, it hit me last week as if I’d never seen it before in my entire life.
The hardest part of writing a book is that every good book hides behind a bad book.
To write a good book, you have to write your way through a bad book first.
Scratch that. Let’s make that a horrible book.
And you know this is true. We’ve heard brilliant authors like Anne Lamott share this wisdom time and time again, but I promise when you sit down to start a new book you will think:
“Every sentence must be perfect.”
“I can’t waste time on this first draft.”
“I can’t throw away any of these words, they have to start great.”
But the truth is, for me and for you and for anyone who will ever write a good book, they are very easy to find.
They’re hiding behind the shadow of a bad book.
That’s where they are. Write your way through them. Go find them. Clear the bad book out of the way so you can get to the good one.
Have you ever struggled with perfectionism?