Feb 1, 2012
IWSG - Practice Makes Perfect - But When
But the difference between music and writing is that I don't have anything to compare it to. Granted, when Beethoven or Chopin or Rachmaninoff were composing, they may have had the same doubts that I do (okay, I really hope they did). But I can listen to professional recordings of these masterpieces and know how far my performance is off from where I want it to be.
I just finished my first chapter revision and *I think* I have it where it needs to be. But how can I be sure? Who's to say in a day or two I won't find other things to fix? Or that when my CP's read it, they won't wonder about some things, have suggestions for what I need to do to fix it, etc. How much time and effort do I need to put into an image, a sentence, a character's development before I know I've nailed it.
How do you know when your work is done? What are techniques you have implemented to know when to step away?