How do you know when it’s ready?

It’s an important question, one that helps you understand if you have standards and a vision in mind.

A great chef knows when a dish is done. She knows that any changes to the temperature or spices will make it worse, not better.

Miles Davis knew that Kind of Blue was done. Any more takes and tweaks would have made it less, not more.

When I see a mediocre movie, read an unfunny section of Mad Magazine or engage with forgettable services, I wonder if they decided, “well, I’m out of time, so it’s done.”

That’s not a useful standard.


PS Today’s the first day of lessons for the new story skills workshop with bestselling author Bernadette Jiwa. It’s a perfect day to check it out.