I’ve come to terms with the fact that writing perfectionism is always going to be a part of my personality. It’s not so much about killing the perfectionism as it is about managing it. And the best way to do this, as I outline in the video, is to use a little empathy:
When it’s time to edit your work, imagine that you’re editing somebody else’s work instead of your own. Imagine that this is the work of your best friend, who you want to see succeed and realize his/her dream of being a published author.
Would you be as hard on your friend as you are on yourself? Would you tell him/her to destroy months of work, re-plot the entire novel, kill off a character, just because you didn’t like A, B, C?
This was—hands down—the quickest way to get out of my own head and manage writing perfectionism.