Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Do It Anyway!

Maybe no one feels this way, or maybe everyone does.
Deanna and I have 3 books ready, mostly ready, for publication. But I keep thinking there is this little thing or that little thing that if I learned to do it well then the book would be better. I should wait to put the book out there, so I have more time to learn.

So we stare at them. And revise them. And never pronounce them finished.

Does anyone ever feel like their books are done and no improvement can be made?

I'm a fan of Robert Frost's poetry. I noticed the library had an audio of him reading his own work so I checked it out. There's nothing like hearing the voice of the poet with the words. This audio was made many years after his work became popular. When he read "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," I noticed that there was one line that was different from the way I'd learned the poem and different from every version I could find. Yup, Robert Frost had continued to revise his work many years after publication.

Last night, I ran across this quote from Mother Teresa that makes me feel stronger, less paralyzed. This isn't the full quote, but it's the part I need to hear now:
           What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.
        Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.
         In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.


Betsy said...

You're right, Canda. If feels like I'll never have my book "perfect"

It will never be good enough, there are still too many plot holes, to many sentence that could be better...on and on. But, like a child, at some point you have to let go of them and see if they can make it on their own. I love that quote by Mother Theresa!

Tristi Pinkston said...

There's a reason why I never go back and read over my published books - I know I'll find something that will make me cringe, and it will be too late to change it. :)

Canda said...

Great advice Betsy and Tristi!

Renae Mackley said...

Three guidelines: 1. Always make it your best. It will never be everyone's 'perfect'. 2. Always let a few/several others give feedback and make it your best again according to the new information. 3. Go for it and move on.
Only a fool would skip step 2.