4. Perfect or Imperfect?

By Alan O’Hashi from True Stories of a Mediocre Writer

My first writing gig was for “The Tumbleweed” newspaper published by Carey Junior High School. In art class, I learned to draw perspective and came up with a logo for my “Poet’s Corner” column. “Rubiyat” was reference to a bit on “Rocky and Bullwinkle” which was about a Ruby Yacht.

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. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will

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Have Typewriter-Will Travel: I’m a filmmaker & author. My book “Beyond Heart Mountain” was just released by Winter Goose Publishing www.beyondheartmountain.com

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