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When Is Perfectionism Too Much?

16 Jan 14
Jerrod Smith
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I think this is a valid question that anyone with, or attempting to attain, a career in a creative field should ask him/herself. I asked myself this same question more times than I could count in 2013, and I expect I will repeat that habit this upcoming year. I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing, though.

One of the greatest things about art, in any form, is that there is no such thing as perfection. No matter how good you get, it always feels like you should be reaching higher. One of the worst things about art is that there is no such thing as perfection. How do you know when you’re done? At what point do you stop going over whatever you’ve created with a microscope, looking for problems to fix? I’m a writer and, recently, amateur stand-up comedian, but I’m also a detail-oriented person, so those little inconsistencies in my work that the average reader/listener would never even notice stand out like a sore thumb to me. I feel compelled to address every little issue and in the process, discover more problems. Next thing I know, an hour-long project has extended to four.

Sometimes that’s the way it is. Sometimes you have to work on something longer than you originally planned to make sure it gets done right. But at the same time, if you want to make a career out of your craft, you need to be productive. You have to produce finished products at a reasonable rate, not always at your leisure. That’s hard to do when you keep going back to touch up old projects. I know I’ve been guilty of this numerous times.

With that said, I still plan on re-lettering our old pages because I think it will significantly increase how professional our books look to new readers, but that will be the last time I touch anything from BlackGuard predating “The Hero Plot Trial”. After that, I’m going to attempt to spend a little more time moving forward and a little less time looking back.

Peace.

-Jerrod

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