There’s Thorough, And Then There’s Hermit Crazy Zombie Mode…

How was your weekend? Mine was kinda busy–I did the shopping trip like normal this week, but I’m on the phone with tech support every other day trying to get our home internet working reliably (it’s almost like I’m dating them because of how often I’m calling–or at least it seems like it).

Anyway…

So I’m out and about at Target–I got my submission in today for James Patterson’s Masterclass writing competition. I don’t really expect to win the grand prize–to be James Patterson’s co-author–but we’ll see. Feels good to be back in the swing of things and writing fiction again, no matter what.

In other news…

I got an edit locked up that I should have done a long time ago–which leads me to my point for this post.

My boss actually told me I was overthinking, and maybe working too hard, and being too detailed–the exact opposite of being deathly lazy, I’m guessing. (And when your boss tells you to take it easy, maybe you ARE working a little too hard, eh?)

This isn’t to brag–I was super-embarrassed by this whole thing–because I know not to hold things up, and that there’s a point you have to let go.

I stepped over that line, and my boss prevented me from going hermit-crazy-zombie mode on the thing–basically holing up with it and becoming a zombie from staring and picking.

No one wants to do that, at least they say they don’t (maybe some would say the opposite). But I fell backward into this one. I’ve been gifted with what seems to be an unhealthy dose of something that kills a lot of dreams, wishes, and what-have-ya…

PERFECTIONISM.

Respect the drive for excellence, or it will drive you–most likely into the turf for a bleary-eyed nap as you scream “Just one more chance at the manuscript!” on your way down.

(Or maybe that’s just me).

Remember to take breaks from work–that goes for projects and work as a whole. Maybe you’re better at letting go, and if you are, I applaud you, because that’s a lesson I need to learn more fully, that’s for sure.

Sooner or later, after all the research, outlining, mulling, interviewing (if it applies), and what-have-ya, it’s time to write.

And then when it’s done, perfect it the best you’re able, and then pass it on (hopefully to an editor, reader, or someone else!).

Until next time,

Ty

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About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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