Mari s essay

Submitted By marimoto87
Words: 599
Pages: 3

Some of the most influential people in our lives are athletes, singers, humanitarians, writers and many heroes’s that we have looked to guidance for years. If you ask them how they got to be the best of the best, most will agree with the saying “practice makes perfect”. To be great at anything you must be determined, practice and perfect ones art. There are two types of people in the world; non- perfectionist and perfectionist. A writer is someone who regurgitates thoughts to a page, but a great writer is a perfectionist of those thoughts being written. Anyone wanting to excel in anything in life must practice their art and perfect it continuously. These people of greatness are people of pure determination to perfect their work. In writing, this may take months and for many writers’ years. There is a definite downside to being such a perfectionist, or some may call it “anal” at writing. Many will correlate perfectionism with procrastination. But what is procrastination in writing? Is there a specific timeline that a novel should be written? Should a novel take longer than a short story? If one perfects their short story and it takes years to write but it turns out to be an award winning literature, though took ten yrs to write, does this “procrastination” lead to perfection? I am asking these questions because; in writing, there should be no such thing as procrastination. It is just a means to an end of great writing. Procrastination in writing is just the passion for wanting your piece to be better than the last. You must constantly strive to better yourself and your work. I say yourself because, who and what you are reflects on your work. William Faulkner once said “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” William Faulkner is correct. There is not a need to compete with your fellow peers but the need to compete with yourself. When one writes, it’s a mere action of jotting down words; a rough draft. The same rough draft that Johann Sebastian Bach wrote when he composed “Toccata and Fugue in D minor” he drafted and