Southwestern Pottery by John HritzSometimes you just have to say, “Rules? No no no. F*&# rules. I’m not following any rules.”

That’s why on Saturdays, we at the Write Practice do the opposite of something we told you to do during the week. Today we’re going to do the opposite of the Quantity versus Quality post.

To recap, we told the story of a high school pottery teacher who split his class into two groups. One group would be graded on quality. They had all semester to make the perfect pot. The other group would be graded on quantity. They would get an A if they made fifty pounds of pots, no matter the quality.

Who made the best pots? The quantity group of course.

As Ira Glass says, the only way to get better is to go through a volume of work. By making fifty pounds of pots, the quantity group figured out how to make really good pots. The quality group on the other hand was stuck in perfectionism.

Today, though, let’s throw the perfect pot. Because rules? They’re meant to be broken.


Spend fifteen minutes write no more than one paragraph about the people you work with. Write, rewrite, and rewrite again until its “perfect.”

Post it in the comments and we’ll see who’s came closest to perfection.

Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting is an author and the leader of The Write Practice community. He is also the author of the new book Crowdsourcing Paris, a real life adventure story set in France. It was a #1 New Release on Amazon. You can follow him on Instagram (@jhbunting).
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