Start. That is today's Habit to put into practice.
But Jeff Goins takes this one step further and challenges us all to start ugly.
I know when I first started writing, I expected each manuscript to be fully formed with perfect grammar and spelling right from the beginning. I didn't even want to move onto another manuscript until the one I was currently working on was "finished". What can I say? I am a perfectionist!
However, now I am drowning in a lot of half-baked WIPs! I have felt extremely pressured because I am participating in the 12x12in'12 Challenge and although I am rising to the challenge and creating a manuscript each month, I don't always have the time to edit them, revise them, or even make them good! In fact, some of these manuscripts are quite ugly.
Jeff urges us to just start and don't be afraid of the ugly.
Because, as he states in his blog, "when we choose to start with ugly, we do the following:
- We actually create something (instead of continuing to dream about it).
- We grow. We learn what works and what doesn’t.
- We get the chance to make it better."