So, “wasn’t” that was my word of the week apparently. I didn’t notice it as I wrote, but it appears to pop up every couple of sentences in the story I’m working on.
I know, I know, write first, edit later. Sometimes I just can’t help myself. This is soul-crushing the angst of editing your own work, nothing like the inner critic to take the wind out of your sails. The writing was actually flowing pretty well. Its only in hindsight that all those repetitions seem so glaring.
I guess it could be worse, might work might be suffering adverb poisoning.
It probably doesn’t help that I was writing with spotify on in the background, my soothing In Strict Confidence playlist helps the prose flow, but occasionally the mood is broken. You can’t tell me that Brazillian crooner Stromae and his interruptions aren’t detrimental to the creative process.
It’s my curse……. no I am serious….. no really, you can stop laughing now.
A wise man, or possibly a textbook, once said that more time and resources are lost though indecision than bad decisions. Sad thing is that this is a truism that many of us forget. It doesn’t matter how much time and effort are spent on any one task, unless it is made solely for your own edification, it can’t be perfect. In an organisation that relies on dozens of people working together your perfect project will seem flawed to some, sometimes even downright foolish to others. It is pretty much unavoidable.
We all have our own styles, opinions, priorities, and those will influence how we look at the work we do, and the work others do. Every completed task has to be the result of compromise, thus ‘near-enough’ is the best result we can hope for in any given work. The trick is to know when it is better to deliver the work that meets the fundamental aims of the task, and when it will be productive to keep trying to improve the final result.
We are all, at our core, arrogant. Our way is the best way, our vision the most clear. It follows then that those we work with are the same. Their vision is the correct one (in their eyes), their way the best path. You cannot please all the people all the time, but what you can do is deliver a quality product that meets the criteria you were given, with the resources and time you had available. You can’t really do more than that.
Far more importantly, it is both unproductive and unhealthy to try. Be good at what you do, trying to be perfect just leads to stress and disappointment when you can’t reach unobtainable goals.
…..and if all else fails, pretend that you’re here