Saturday, February 10, 2007

What is good enough? Part 2...

If you won't ever be the very best that you can be—that you will not one day wake up, pen a poem, dust your hands together, and say "That's the best, and I'm done now" (which would have some sad consequences), that being "good enough" is more like the math problem in which a ball that is thrown travels half the distance and then half of the remaining distance, and then half of the new distance, it will never be caught—then how do you work on writing your best?

In Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott talks about writing the truth. I love that. It sounds so simple—an elemental approach. And yet I haven't found it to be simple or easy. What is the truth? Where is it? How many truths? How many routes to any given one?

I think the idea is to write my truth, and I also think that might be buried in some deep, secret place (maybe near my spleen). Getting at it has been no quick matter. But I still think that it might be the best way for me to feel like I'm drawing closer to the strongest work that I can do.

What do you think is good enough? How do you work at doing your best work?

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