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Tag Archives: Chris Baty

Revisiting Imperfection

As November peeks around the corner, I always find myself thinking about NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. In honor of that and my continued quest for imperfection, let’s have a flash back to April 2012…. “Embrace exuberant imperfection”  (Chris  Baty, No Plot, No Problem) For years, I have been intrigued by the Zen concept of …

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Notes From the Field: NaNoWriMo Week One

So, tell me how you’re doing? Are your characters behaving? Are you happy with your word count? Do you still feel that low rumble of excitement that drove you to pledge to do this crazy thing? Chris Baty said in his NaNo guidebook, No Plot, No Problem, that the thing you must do above all else …

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Beating the Inner Perfectionist into Submission

Anne Lamott wrote in Bird by Bird, “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….Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist’s true …

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