Hello there, my fellow insecure writers.
I didn't know what to write about today. I had a post in mind but I deemed it too whiny. At least for today. So I went searching for another topic.
And I found it in the Conway Daily Sun in the form of my horoscope. I find them often to be eerily accurate. I don't know where they come from but, more often than not, I open up the paper and get hit by a mack truck of truth. It's kind of disturbing, truth be told.
Anyway, here's what the mack truck had to offer today:
Your tendency toward perfectionism will be prominent. You'll find that it's not enough to do a fine job. You'll keep going with the job until you reach the stellar result to which you are accustomed.
I think this is a common problem with writers. The pursuit of perfection. Right? Or am I the only one who writes and rewrites and then rewrites some more just for good measure? Please tell me I'm not the only one. I only kind of care that it's true...
So my question, for any of you who have figured it out, is how do you know when enough's enough? How do you know when you're done? I mean, I thought I was done with Effigy and then just last week I strapped some figurative C4 to it and pressed the button because it just wasn't good enough. Now I'm picking plot points out of my hair while scrubbing character development out of the rug and thinking, "gee, maybe I shouldn't have done that."
But since it's done, I'm going to fix it because that's what I do. And because it's impossible to ignore that much non figurative highlighter and red pen. So although I am once again a while away from being 'done', I am still curious to know what it's like.
Tell me wonderful stories about it, would ya?