Last Word

Dream for perfection remains out of reach for most writers


“The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with.”

–William Faulkner

(Flickr: Sara Biljana)

(Flickr: Sara Biljana)


As writers, we are constantly warned to let go of the need to be perfect with our words.

There is a reason for that. The fact is, even the greatest writers among us have failed to meet that goal.

Read: Reject perfection and just write

And yet we keep on dreaming and scheming our way through a project, striving for that elusive, shining place of perfection.

What dreams have you started with in your writing or novel?

And where have those dreams taken you?

Are you OK with the idea that we cannot be perfect in our writing? Are you willing to abandon the quest for perfection and just write?

Kerri S. Mabee is managing editor at Learn more about her at


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