Last Thursday I attended my second meeting with my new critique group. Ahhh, critique groups. We leave with some much information swirling around, from our own work and those of others.
I let it all sink in. Character motivation. Scene sequence. Validity. Too much info. Not enough info. The list goes on. Yet, there is always something, a recurring theme, or a point that really catches my attention. There were two this last week, but today’s post is about one: letting go.
Coming back after the summer holiday, I have a list of shorts I aim to submit. Fall deadlines are looming, and I am re-reading over my shorts wondering, are any of these ready? A few months ago I thought they were. Some shorts have been critiqued and re-worked countless times. I know, I just know, that there really is not much more to be done. So, what’s the problem?
Lack of self-confidence is part of it I think, but other times I feel so certain about my writing this is not a factor.
How about the need to forever improve? Perfectionism, something I think most if not all, writers suffer from. As a writer I am constantly evolving. How does my work keep pace with this evolution? In my eyes, nothing I write is at its highest potential, yet to attain this, I would eternally be re-writing. Somehow I have to make peace, and let go, because I think this perfectionism can serve as its own block. Imagine working the same piece over and over for years? Oh, yes, I have already done that!
How do you decide to let go, and release a piece into the world for possible publication? How do you decide your piece is done?