Give up perfectionism.

“The most important thing that I have learned, or that I’m trying to learn, is to give up perfectionism, because when you keep trying to make the story do all the things you want it to do, you keep failing, and you end up going around and around in circles. You end up confusing yourself and your talent, and you begin to view things as a failure, even though they’re not failures.”

Akhil Sharma Akhil Sharma, interviewed by Gabriel Packard, The Writer magazine July 2015.

Akhil Sharma is the 2015  Folio Prize winner and professor of creative writing.

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