Good Enough Isn’t
i live to write, but i’m not a writer, i’m an reviser.
My fiction drafts are very rough. When i reread them, i sense the parts that don’t work, like that feeling when you think there’s one more step than there is. Somehow, unfortunately, i’m able to tell myself “Good enough” and leave it be.
It is only after i forget about the piece for a week or so that i’m able to recognize the passages that don’t work and change or delete them. i hone the phrasing of the text until it reads exactly the way i feel it. “Good enough” is no longer an option, because “Good Enough” is not good enough.
Recovery is the art of revising myself. Recovery is realizing i am not good enough and recognizing what behaviors need to be changed or eliminated and what thoughts need to be elaborated.
i am a work in progress.