Thursday, 28 April 2011

Make it Work First...

Pragmatic Thinking and Learning (Neill Alexander) (Hunt)
- Highlight Loc. 1277-83  | Added on Saturday, April 23, 2011, 10:06 AM

Author Anne Lamott is an advocate of purposefully creating a shitty first draft. That is, it's better to complete a shitty first draft than to never complete a perfect one. In her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Lamott explains the dangers of perfectionism: "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. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it."

Make it work first, then make it better.

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