Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life.
If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.
As a writer—actually, in every area of life—my enemy is my perfectionism.
And fear. And pride. For I am reluctant to look like a fool. Or a raw beginner.
But without beginning, how can I hope to improve? The child in the photo is enjoying making his painting. He is dialed into the joy of the creative process and is not hobbled by perfectionism.
Here’s the thing. The desire to create art—or music, or participate in an activity—does not go away as we age. It lurks in the shadows, whispering, “You can do more than just slog through life.” And we wince because it’s true.
So, isn’t it time to put fear aside and risk doing something badly?