Pursuing the Perfectly Impossible
If you could achieve perfection in your work, would you want to? Wouldn’t it ruin your whole artistic experience? What would you have to work toward? What would inspire you?
As much as we think we want our work perfect, we don’t really know what that means; it’s ever out of reach and impossible to describe. Even if you think you’ve come close, the mark moves and is once again in the distance.
Daily effort works against perfectionism, especially perfectionism that leads to writer’s/artist’s block. If your work is not perfect today, you’ll have another chance tomorrow and the day after that to keep adjusting and working your way toward satisfaction.
Besides, even if you could achieve the ever-elusive perfection of your work, you’ll be coming back to it the next day to work again, and the next day after that. So it’s not like finding perfection ends your journey or gives you such satisfaction you never need to create again.
So, what’s this elusive thing you’re measuring yourself against? (And why do you assume everyone else is achieving it?) When it comes to daily effort, you are successful and “perfect” if you’ve practiced today, no matter how you might assess the quality of that day’s work. Did you commit time to your craft today? Perfect!