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Never Good Enough

I read recently that writers and artists are never satisfied with their work. Is this true? I thought I was just being picky and weird about my work because it never seemed good enough. But if this is true and most creative people feel this way, then I'm in very good company. Why are we like that? What is it that makes us think our work needs to be made even better over and over again?

Asked by: ELSIE BYRON

  1. Grace Gilbert 6 days ago

    One of my favourite quotes is 'Every first draft is perfect because all a first draft needs to do is exist'. I can't remember whose quote it was but it certainly had an impact on the way I view my writing and I think it is something that everyone who writes should consider. It doesn't have to be perfect the first time around. Instead of judging our work by others standards we should first judge it by our standards.
    Sorry if I rambled on and didn't make a lot of sense.

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  2. ELSIE BYRON 1 week ago

    Thank you Rachel. You're right, It's true you can spend ages deciding should the dot be here, or there. And all the while the writing isn't getting done. Love the Hemmingway quote, how true. Thanks again.

  3. Rachel Burns 1 week ago

    It's good to be critical - writing is rewriting but when it stops you writing full stop it becomes destructive- many great writers have come to a sticky end - i.e spending all day to decide where to put the full stop nonsense. Accept that first draft 'is shit' Hemmingway.

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  4. ELSIE BYRON 2 weeks ago

    Thank you Adrian. I am definitely guilty of all the above. I have cut, added and changed so much that sometimes I completely lose the plot. I liked the Ernest Hemingway quote it's very true.

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  5. Adrian Sroka 2 weeks ago

    Hi Elsie.


    The danger in editing to much is that you may over-egg the pudding and accidently spoil your manuscript by cutting, adding and changing to much in the search for perfection.

    We will never attain perfection, but we strive to do so in the hope that our determined efforts will lead to us becoming accomplished writers, eventually.


    We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master - Ernest Hemingway

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