Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Enough is Enough

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I’m a perfectionist. I like things to be done a certain way. I’ll often spend an extra amount of time to make sure something is perfect. Having perfectionist tendencies has been beneficial in my day job as it results in a strong attention to detail. I’m a triple checker when it comes to putting my name on a project. When I think of the word perfectionist in relation to writing, the word edit immediately comes to my mind.

To edit is to prepare or alter to a refine state. For me, publication is the end result of editing. This line of thinking often leads me to a state of analysis paralysis. I find myself obsessively editing a project, with many colors of ink, to the point where no action is taken.

If I wait for something to be perfect, I might be waiting forever. Perhaps I want to wait forever. Maybe I’m over editing in order to delay the criticism I may receive if my project is released into the world. Perhaps I’m scared.

There comes a time, however, when my projects require some closure. Whether I’m submitting a project or writing for myself, I need to bring my editing to a close in order to move on to my next project.  If not, I’ll never become a better writer.

Writing this blog is slowly weaning me of my need to be perfect when it comes to editing. For now, I’m posting every day and by following that schedule it’s teaching me to write, edit and move on.  Afterall, there are so many stories to write and only so many hours in the day. This blog is giving me a daily deadline, so there is no time for my perfectionist personality to take control.  I’m slowly learning to let it go.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

4 thoughts on “Enough is Enough

  1. Yes, doesn’t blogging push us out of our comfort zones? And you’re blogging every DAY! I find that posting 3x a week is taxing on me! But I think we can still strive to have our posts be quality content. When I started out, it was more like a journal, with very LITTLE double-checking going on. Then I realized my blog represents the quality of writing I can produce, so I started double-checking BEFORE posting. Seems like a no-brainer, but it takes me awhile sometimes!

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Heather. You’re so right when you say, “I realized my blog represents the quality of writing I can produce.” Since I’m new to blogging, I was trying to get some posts under my belt, so I’ve been posting each day. I’ve realized if I want to continue working on my other writing projects, keeping my day job and having a family life, I’m going to have to cut back to 2-3x per week. Also, with NaNoWriMo coming up, my plate will be full. Are you doing NaNoWriMo? I look forward to checking out your blog.

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      • Funny you should mention NaNo–that’s how I got my first book completed! But it was too short at the proscribed 50,000 words for the genre I was writing (women’s fiction–speculative fic, really).

        NaNo is a great way to realize your dreams of completing a book. I have several posts on my NaNo experience over at my blog (and one guest post on it!). I think you can type NaNo into the search box. Hope you enjoy, and all the best with it!

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  2. Same here! NaNo really pushed me to get my first book started. It felt so good to reach the goal of 50k word. I finished writing the story after NaNo ended, but it’s still in the editing process. Hey, I was born in WV as well. Thanks for the heads up on your NaNo posts, I’ll check them out.

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