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April 21, 2014
Whoa, perfectionism! I thought I was a perfectionist until I started to work with authors who have conniptions over hairline spaces and teeny tiny errors that aren't really errors at all but mere matters of preference. I guess the difference between perfectionism and a sense of doing your best is when you know to let the little things go. Sometimes it's not feasible to fix errors that even the most stringent reviewer will probably overlook. Yes, perfectionism is admirable, but it can lead to many migraines, wasted time, anxiety, and stomach ulcers, which I would rather avoid at all costs.