I've been reading The Big Moo by Seth Godin which I picked up at the airport. Its primarily about new ideas for business. As a lot of you will know I'm interested in new film models - ideas such as the 365 and the Circumference funding model. However this book is great for all writers. It talks about the need to stop trying to do everything perfectly. Its overall aim (and I mean overall as it is in fact written by 33 writers) is to stop us putting in all our precious energy and effort into getting everything 100% perfect. Instead we should (just) be aiming to be "remarkable".
An odd approach for writers - they like to polish things and make them perfect. But what if instead we aimed to get into new territories with our writing. What if we tried instead to make bold statements with radical stories and fresh characters. Perhaps then it wouldn't matter if it was a little rough around the edges. Would it better to have 3 crazy new ideas than one polished safe one?
This is something that I've never heard said before. But its worth a thought.