“The Mona Lisa has a huge social media presence. Her picture is everywhere. But she doesn’t tweet. She’s big on social media because she’s an icon, but she’s not an icon because she’s big on social media.”
(from this entry from Seth Godin’s blog)
I keep coming back to a piece of advice I saw for selling markets ages ago: make cool stuff and tell everyone about it! the end.
I’m wrapping up edits to my latest short-story. It’s been a while since I’ve edited anything outside of a classroom environment and I’m coming to realize that I’m harder to please than any teacher. I’m working on the fifth and final draft.
Before that I had:
- the handwritten draft, the typed version of the written draft (known as the “first draft”)
- the “aha, typoes-are-gone-let’s-send-it-off-to-my-Friendly-Readers” draft
- the post-Friendly Reader draft
and the dreaded
- “I read it all. OUT LOUD. To myself.” draft.
I’ve long heard that a project is never done, it is only abandoned (because hey, as long as you’re noodling on it, you don’t have to deliver anything)…so I was getting nervous. Was I, in fear of releasing this weirdo story into the world, noodling on this? Would I know the right time to call it finished?
Then Seth Godin posted How do you know when it’s done?, a useful post about this very topic!
It’s very useful if you’re a perfectionist (like me!).