When MJ and I were on vacation in FL, we also went to the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa. In the Da Vinci exhibit, there was a quote of his that stopped me in my tracks:
Art is never finished, only abandoned.
Cheerful sentiment, huh? And yet, I agree. There's always something more you can do. I have revised the early chapters of Shards half-a-dozen times or more, and yet there's always something new I can tighten, cut or re-word. There's always something new I've learned, a technique I've improved upon, that can be applied to what I've written before.
But there's also nothing wrong with abandoning your art, when it's time. It is never going to be perfect. So stop when it's beautiful and good and honest. Abandon it -- because that's the only way to share it.
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