Ask any artist if they’re satisfied with the work they’ve created. Chances are they’ll say “no”. It’s also a good bet that while creating that piece, they’ll wonder if it’ll ever be finished. Most artists I know struggle to put the brush, camera, or pen down and accept that it’s finished. Truthfully, it’s never finished.
That painting on your wall may not be finished as far as the artist is concerned, but there it is, just the same. The book you’re reading is the work of countless hours of writing, editing, writing some more, and then editing once again. Hopefully, you’re enjoying it. And yet upon reading it in published form, the author may look at it and shudder, thinking she/he should have done it this way instead.
Still, at some point, we have to let it go, for better or worse and the critic’s opinions.
As my new book has been on the shelves for two months now, I look back and see things I missed during its creation. If only I had… Right?
Well, it’s out there. Nothing can be done about it. That’s as it should be.
So, without anything else to do, I’ve started on a new book. Let’s hope I can finish this one.