Canadian author Margaret Atwood, whose résumé boasts 14 novels, 17 volumes of poetry, and eight volumes of short fiction, knows a thing or two about being productive as a writer.
Silencing “monkey mind” — the defeatist voice in your head that screams, “I’ll never get it!” à la muppet composer “Don Music” — is a critical part of being productive.
Margaret Atwood by Oksana Zhelisko
For me, the following two Atwood quotes disabuse me of pretense around my writing and inspire me to keep building, word by word.
If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.
A word after a word after a word is power.
Reading these quotes, I feel empowered. As though, if I just keep working, I will (eventually) reach my goal.