Saturday, June 23, 2012

When it isn't working

I read two interesting posts recently about knowing when to give up on a project, and knowing when to back up and start over.

The first is by Lydia Sharp on "Knowing When to Let Go." A sample: "But this is normal for anyone who pursues creative work. In the beginning you will have abandoned more work than you complete. It's part of the learning curve."

The second is actually about quilting, but Marina's "Lessons Learned" post applies equally well to writing. It's mostly about taking the time to do things right, and being willing to go back and do them over if necessary. A sample: "... maybe you tell yourself that’s the best job you can do when really deep down you know you could make it better ..."

To me, both of these posts are about reaching the next level in our work. Knowing when to move on. The first is about abandoning what doesn't work; the second is about paying attention and then fixing what we can. Both experiences are part of growing and getting better at what we do.


  1. It takes great courage and honesty to abandon a project that isn't working.