‘Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act, falls the shadow’. [T.S. Eliot]
This is one of those quotes that has always stayed in my mind, and comes to the forefront whenever I complete a book or an article.A very brilliant friend once said that he was writing a book, but that if it wasn’t perfect, he would destroy it. As far as I know, the book was never completed or published.
As I writer I always have a perfect idea in my mind, and try and try to reach that ideal. After several drafts, revisions, changes, improvements of all kinds, I reach a point where I cannot do any more. And the book is still not perfect, the ideal has not been reached! Yet the thought of destroying it never comes to mind. I recognize it as fairly good, as something worthwhile for others to read, and it goes out to the world. The shadow always falls between the idea and reality.
What do other writers think? Do you attain the perfection you sought to achieve? Will you destroy it if you haven’t reached that ideal?