There’s This Thing Called the Delete Button

Me: early this morning, working on my novel.  Staring at the words on the screen, wondering if I should add a sentence about the hero’s past. Thinking it might be too much.

And then it hit me. I have a freaking delete button.

It is really freaking easy to write the sentence I’m not sure about and delete it if it doesn’t work.

Why is it so difficult to remember this?

I’ll tell you why: it’s that sneaky little thing called fear rearing its ugly head. Again. Fear disguising itself as perfectionism, as in, I’ve got to make sure the sentence is perfect before I write it.

I think about this when I do the crossword in the morning.  (In pencil, thank you very much.) Sometimes I hesitate to fill in an answer I’m not sure of. And then I do it anyway, and the whole section of puzzle opens up.  Why do I hesitate? Because I’m afraid I’m not right.

That’s about the stupidest thing ever.

Put it all on the page, people. (And when I say people, I include myself in that. I need to remember this as much as anyone.)  Because it is easy to delete or edit something that’s there. But you can’t edit something that’s not there.

What are you not putting on the page?

And, if you’re having a hard time with this, maybe you need some writing coaching.

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Don Williams
Don Williams

The problem with that little-old delete button truly is fear….. fear that if I don’t use it more often I’ll end up with a pile of garbage that’ll effect the rest of my writing, or if I do use it…… the fear that I just made a big mistake and I’ll regret later. Ahh. that damn little, big delete button, it can be both a blessing and a curse. The choice is ours to make.