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how do you feel about making mistakes? 

50%
50 deviants said it's a good way to learn
24%
24 deviants said meh, i'm only human
11%
11 deviants said i'll tell you in the comments, boo
9%
9 deviants said petrified to the point of urination down the pantleg
7%
7 deviants said i'm a perfectionist, i don't make mistakes (i also don't produce anything)

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:iconglassperegrine:
GlassPeregrine Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Mistakes and good writing go hand-in-hand. Good writing comes from experience, and experience from "learning" from the mistakes made along the way. Extreme perfectionism is the unfortunate step-child that needs to be corralled from time to time because it just rebels against any idea, good or bad.
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:icondamonwakes:
DamonWakes Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012   Writer
It depends entirely on how big the mistake is. Using a comma instead of a full stop isn't so bad. Using a belt sander instead of an electric razor, however, might be considered a "biggie."
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:iconjsaren:
Jsaren Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
They just encourage me to improve. :)
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:iconlucy-merriman:
Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Guess it depends on what kind of mistake. Mistake in artwork? Nah, that's just drafting! Just let the paint dry and paint over it. Same thing basically applies to writing. If you keep re-drafting and you can't fix it, just trunk it and try something new.


Whereas when it comes to, say, romantic relationships, I suppose I'm the perfectionist who doesn't produce anything. Who also is so scared she pees on herself. I mean, fuck it, I'm 20, and every time I'm interested in someone, I still get all, "How to boys talk to right?" and then I'm all, "now is a good time to run away."

I think I have a problem.
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   Writer
I'd say a mixture of learning and urination down the pantleg.

Making mistakes terrifies me. I'm afraid I'll make a fool of myself, have people judge my work--or me, personally--if I make a big enough mistake, or too many of them. I'll admit that. I'm a perfectionist, and I hate knowing I've made major mistakes. However, you never learn anything if you don't screw up once in a while. You make a mistake, someone points it out, you get your huge sigh of relief because the criticism wasn't as bad as you expected like 90% of the time, and you fix it and move on with your life.

That's with writing.

With life mistakes, I think I'm about 20 times more afraid of screwing up. But, again, it's all a learning process. And since I haven't landed myself in jail, pissed my fiance off enough to leave me, or gotten disowned by my parents, I think I'm doing pretty well so far.
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:iconmimi-lolacute:
mimi-lolacute Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure about how I feel about making mistakes, honestly. It depends in what aspect of life we look at; in my college life, mistakes are fine, it's no big deal, just a matter of seeing how to correct things and go on. In my personal life however, it would be nice if mistakes made me react toward actually doing something, which gets me in rather complicated situations and frustrating mental and emotional states. Ah, the human life.
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:iconlittlewolfdreamer:
LittleWolfDreamer Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Writer
A mix of EVERYTHING
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:iconlamat:
lamat Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Part and parcel of Life.
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:iconxlntwtch:
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   Writer
I make mistakes all the time and if I ever stop learning from them, it means I'm six feet under.

Emotionally?
It's a grand thing when a mistake is pointed out to me, even if it's "snarky."

I've had pieces labeled "perfect" and I know/learn they're not.

Learning is the same as life to me.
Mistakes are always made, whether others notice or not.

Once I read (regarding cooking)-> "I make this terrible mess, then I problem solve."
I feel a bit like that about writing.

And about life in general. It's messy, but I'm happy to be alive and learn new things.
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:icontheskaboss:
TheSkaBoss Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
"I make this terrible mess, then I problem solve."

Ha, that is EXACTLY how I code. :la:
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:iconxlntwtch:
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012   Writer
:iconlahugplz:
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:iconjon-law:
Jon-Law Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Mistakes are essential to progress. If knowledge is a single point multiplied then mistakes are the science by which we eliminate false duplicates and thereby recover the original unified truth. Perfection must begin with error. A perfectionist is nothing more than a master of excuses, a hypocrite who balks at the only path to his ideal. A perfectionist is a creative invalid. I'd rather be an excellencist.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   Writer
I'd rather be an excellencist.

i love this.
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:iconpinkmartinis:
PinkMartinis Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Perfectionism is a bitch. And it is stifling. So I struggle between wanting it to come out as sparkling clean magical perfection the moment thought is transformed into action, but instead I end up frustrated and create nothing. -_- So it's somewhere in between being so terrified of failing that I don't create anything, or being too terrified of creating anything less than perfect.

Ugh. Where's the whiskey?
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:iconjon-law:
Jon-Law Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Michael Angelo started with a slab of stone and you're too good to start with a shitty first draft? It's better than nothing. Put the whiskey down and get to work. Drink to celebrate when you're done.
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:iconpinkmartinis:
PinkMartinis Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Well damn, when you put it like that :P

A drink partway through and a drink at the end? Can we make that compromise?
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:iconjon-law:
Jon-Law Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
No compromise. Have an extra at the end.
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:iconpinkmartinis:
PinkMartinis Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
That I can live with
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:iconrunnrabbitrunn:
RUNNrabbitRUNN Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
i found that the older i get the more open i am to being corrected, as long as it's not like snarky. but i also find that i dislike change more and more. to the point that i'll refuse to do a lot of things. but i am only human.
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Mistakes are part of life. You can be cautious, but you will never avoid them all, so, get over it and get on. ;)
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:iconsrsmith:
SRSmith Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012   Writer
Generally speaking, making mistakes means that you're operating outside your comfort zone, which potentially means you're learning, and in this context mistakes are fine provided you identify and fix them, or when other people find them you fix them and learn.

If you're making mistakes out of laziness or lack of care, or making the same mistakes repeatedly, then in that context mistakes are bordering on inexcusable.
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:iconjustanoli:
justanoli Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Writer
I make them, and it will bug me when I do. lol. But then I fix them and move on. Ultimately, it isn't a big deal and as a writer who focuses more on the writing than the editing, it just happens as a natural part.
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:iconladylincoln:
LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I am a perfectionist, but I am also human. Mistakes come with the territory.

:heart:
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:iconjon-law:
Jon-Law Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Reminds me of an Atwood quote. "A ratio of failures is built into the process of writing. The wastebasket has evolved for a reason."
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:iconlychalis:
Lychalis Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Writer
there's still a part of me that's terrified of making mistakes, probably because I half expect to get major-ly chewed out for it when I do, causing an overly critical me until I get dismissive and remember I won't get chewed out for having a word out of place XD

bleh, I'm a bit daft >_> I really need to find a good method of murdering that pesky inner editor.
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:icontwistedalyx:
TwistedAlyx Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
They're inevitable, to boot. Luckily, writing is a very forgiving art in that you can always rewrite anything. :)
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:iconmemnalar:
Memnalar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
A mix of learning and the pantleg thing. Warmmmm...
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:iconmadhat11d6:
MadHat11D6 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012   Writer
I have issues with perfectionism, but I try to fight it. Nothing will get produced otherwise. If I waited until I thought a piece was perfect before I submitted it, my gallery would be empty. I also have this huge thing abut being wrong. When I'm asked to guess, even if I'm sure I know the answer, about 9 times out of 10 I will be unable to give an answer. I'm always right, yet I fear being wrong.

Anyway, I'm on the third draft of my novel. If I didn't have the disgrace of the first two drafts, then I couldn't improve. It's a pretty simple concept, I think.
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:icontheskaboss:
TheSkaBoss Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's the only way for me to learn. Even with the best of instructions and teachers, I don't get it until I make mistakes. I have to fuck things up so I can figure out where/how it went wrong and avoid it the next time. I don't know how you can fear that.

I do kind of fear being attacked for making mistakes, as opposed to the actual making of mistakes itself, but that's my problem and I'm not entirely sure whether or not it's relevant here. (but hey, you asked!)
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:icondrippingwords:
DrippingWords Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Writer
Making mistakes is a way of life. If you can't learn, you don't deserve to learn.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012   Writer
i get so curious as to what sparks the fear of making mistakes in people. surely not everyone is being beaten and sent to the attic without dinner if they make mistakes...
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:icondrippingwords:
DrippingWords Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Writer
Maybe it's fear of looking stupid?
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012   Writer
there's no escaping that in life ;-)
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:icondrippingwords:
DrippingWords Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Writer
People should understand that they can't escape it, and if not welcome it, at least bear it.
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:iconle-kaikai:
Le-Kaikai Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I make mistakes, look dumb in the process, swallow my pride, and fix it.
Of course, that's after the first of many drafts is complete.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012   Writer
let me tell you a little story about looking dumb:

my dad's mother had us over for sunday dinner for years. from the time i was about 10 until probably 25 or so. each time she would make cornbread to go with the meal or homemade mac and cheese or something. each time, it was STELLAR (as her cooking always was). however, each time she'd be all "i made this change and it's just not as good. i'm sorry." my dad would tell her "NO ONE CAN TELL" and "stop apologizing, no one can notice." he was right, too.

odds are, neither can anyone reading your stories. only you can. how would we know what a mistake is? a technical error? typo? we all do it. pride shouldn't even be involved. you're learning AND you're human. mistakes are to be expected. i can go back in each of my DDs and find a ton of shit wrong. did anyone else notice? no, not like i do. but so what. i can fix it. i can get better. so can you.
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:iconle-kaikai:
Le-Kaikai Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I will get better. Watch me.
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The BEST way to learn, really.
I've forgotten the source, but a quote I like goes something along this line.
"One who has not failed mightily has attempted little."
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012   Writer
agreed with that quote. sometimes making mistakes hurt. othertimes they feel real good... :D
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:iconrlkirkland:
rlkirkland Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I never like the moment, but the value is in the passing on. :)
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:iconvfreie:
VFreie Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I'm a literature monkey, not a brain surgeon: assuming you mean mistakes in writing, mine can get piss-fucking embarrassing at the worst, but they have never killed a person. Not that this is a valid excuse to slack off, anyway.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012   Writer
you're safe in your assumption but any mistake in general isn't the worst thing in the world. some people don't like being reminded they are human and mistakes do that.
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xJoeTheNinja Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
If you're not making mistakes, then how the hell are you learning?

It's even better if someone points them out, because then they can help you fix it.

That's my 2, anyway. :shrug:
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012   Writer
you're right.
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:iconmadoldhag:
MadOldHag Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I fight my stupid perfectionism so that I can actually produce stuff. You can edit almost everything, but an empty sheet of paper only would be useful in the bathroom.
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:iconpinkmartinis:
PinkMartinis Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, I really like that. Like, a lot. Clever!
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:iconmadoldhag:
MadOldHag Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's only the truth and something I know from experience. I don't know how much time I already spent brooding over something and starting at empty sheets and/or documents. While it is a good thing when you want a poem or story (or image, same with visual arts) to be the best you can do at the moment, when it becomes paralyzing, perfectionism is plain stupid.
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:iconpinkmartinis:
PinkMartinis Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
I totally agree. Great advice =]
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:iconmadoldhag:
MadOldHag Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
At the moment, it seems to work. All what might keep me from writing is drawing, and that's OK.
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:iconraspil:
raspil Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012   Writer
frickin well said.
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