I adore this reflection from the fine novelist Amy Tan, probably because it excuses my excessive perfectionism:
As a result, I err on the side of going into too much detail when I do research and write. I abandon 95 percent of it. But I love it. It’s part of my writing process. I never consider it a waste of time. I never know where I’m going when I write.
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