I was impressed by a blogarticle written the other day by Brian Gardner, designer of the Genesis Framework for WordPress, the piece was entitled: “Why I embrace imperfect design”.
I was drawn, in particular, to the paragraph in which he writes:
“One very important thing I’m learning as an artist is that it’s better to embrace imperfection than to expect perfection. Because reality is … nothing is perfect.”
Wise words, and although Brian is referring to his thoughts about web designing; it dovetails with how I think about writing. And, in many ways, it reminds me of a book I read a few months back:
Stephen’s book contains a huge amount of motivational and inspirational ideas; one particular sentence that I can bring to mind is:
“Instead of expecting perfect results, the imperfectionist expects perfect progress and consistency.”
I believe what Stephen says about perfectionism echoes what Brian is talking about in his article. Brian also makes reference to ‘soul surfing’; referring to a surfer who surfs for the sheer pleasure of surfing.
The surfer may well enter competitions, but winning those competitions comes second to the act of surfing itself — denoting a spiritual attitude towards the activity.
I understand this concept perfectly. I think of myself as a soul writer: thinking this way reminds me that I write because I love writing, not because I want others to love what I write.