This amazing, or what you think is amazing, idea coalesces in your mind. You see it clearly, the words tumble out and your fingers hum over the keyboard. Done!

What fantasy world do you live in?

It’s not quite right, is it? You move the words around, find better words, think about the tenses, read it out loud, worry about the punctuation. At least, I worry about punctuation because I tend to chuck exclamation points, commas, and semi-colons in wherever they feel right. Grammar, apparently, has rules; it is not a personal emotional expression.

Okay, there it is and it’s pretty damn good if you say so yourself.

The next day you open your laptop eager to plunge on. You read yesterday’s brilliance and the shine has gone off it, somehow. You play with it, you rearrange it, you move whole sentences around, and delete paragraphs and start over. You can write better than this, and you do…until the next day.

My question is: how do you know when to stop? When is it done? When is it perfect? … Is it ever perfect?

Aimer at Amzaon


4 thoughts on “Enough?

  1. Oh, boy. You know, I’ve been working a novel to death and I put the first chapter on Scribophile the other day and as I was loading it I started seeing all the glaring flaws. I chopped some bits out (not enough, apparently) and still got dinged (rightly so) for too much descriptive language. (banging head on keyboard)

    How do you know when to stop? When the editor says, “Pencils down.” If there’s no editor, you’re on your own. I’d have to say, no, nothing is perfect. Not in this world/universe. Not unless you’re of certain faiths that believe in the perfection of their deity. But by definition, human efforts will always have flaws because we all have a different idea of perfection. I might look at something you wrote and say, “That’s perfect!” Your harsh view of yourself and your work will cause you to wave me off as full of bull. As artists, I think we better NOT think what we’re doing is perfect. If we did, it means we’ll stop growing and learning and we should always be doing both.

    Yeah, I’m opinionated on this one. 🙂


    1. You’re right, the only way to get better is to write and re-write and write again.

      It’s a learning process for me, my only writing classes have been the books I’ve read.

      If we wait for a perfection that may never come, we would never write anything.


  2. Sounds like my life 🙂
    The punctuation, yep, that would be me. I’m constantly editing too.
    I usually change it around about twice. As the story grows then I may go back, and move things around again.


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