Neil Gaiman’s advice for writers is simple: “You have to finish things — that’s what you learn from, you learn by finishing things.”
I worked as a journalist for a newspaper for several years for a local newspaper in Dublin. It was my job to write news stories each week.
I struggled with perfectionism in this job, I was never happy with my news stories, and I missed several deadlines as a result. So, my editor called me into the office and told me to close the door.
“If you can’t finish the damn thing, you’re not doing your job,” he said.
I wasn’t happy, but my editor was right.
My pursuit of perfectionism meant I wasn’t doing my job.
I’ve made every possible mistake writing fiction and non-fiction, and I’ve learnt the hard-way how to overcome perfectionism