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Posted on The place between what we fear and what we hope

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#1 posted 11-15-2012 04:03 AM

Oddly enough, I find I cannot be objective on a project I have just finished. And even stranger, there seems to be no pattern to how my feelings about a project change over time.

Sometimes I’ll be pretty happy with the way something turns out, but I’ll look at it six months later and it strikes me as a pile of crap. Other times, I’ll be fretting over perceived imperfections in a piece I’m working on, but I’ll pick it up months or even years later and actually be impressed with my own work.

I suppose it is part of the creative process, because it is the same with songwriting for me. Every time I write a new song I tend to think it’s my best work yet. But I usually feel differently after some time has passed.

I guess the lesson for me is that I have to get some emotional distance between my critical brain and my creative brain in order to have some objectivity.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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