Friday, April 29, 2005

Is anything you write ever really finished?

I imagine that even the great ones like Stephen King picks up one of his novels from time to time and thinks to himself, "This would have worked better had I written such and such." I find myself editing pieces I finished years ago and was quite proud of at the time because I think another word or expression is a better fit. As a writer I have to ask...

Is anything we write ever finished?

I'm guessing that's why so many writers are driven to get things published. It forces us to move ahead with new work rather than continuing to edit our old work. If it's published, it has to be finished, right? Well, the jury is still out on that one. I find myself sometimes wanting to edit pieces that have been published as well. It's a sickness... or a curse perhaps that follows a writer throughout their life. Little thoughts that creep into our minds in the wee hours of the night. As I read something I've written I'm reminded us of what could have been, or could be. This logic of self doubt and analysis applies even to works I've been told are quite good.

Writers are constantly growing their craft. We are constantly learning. It's what makes us unique and entices people to read what we write. Even this short piece written for my BLOG will never be finished. I'll come back to it and discover new things I want to say and ways I want to say it.

Fortunately with a BLOG, I can edit and republish as many times as I like!

Until next time...


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