Thursday, 5 July 2012

A Changed Reality

I have just received a proof copy of my most recently completed Steele novel 'A Changed Reality' If it looks a little lopsided it's because it is a photo of the book itself. Obviously, I started checking it as soon as it was unwrapped and making necessary notes. It just struck me that after writing, spell checking, editing and then re-editing it is still not perfect. 

This led me to think about perfection. 
Wikipedia short definition:-

'Perfection is, broadly, a state of completeness and flawlessness.'

In fact no preview. The trouble is when we have completed our stories we hope and pray that the cover, the construction, the presentation and printing etc are perfect. Trouble is we are human.

The humanness is summed up in this quote on imperfection by  Ernst Fischer no preview

'As machines become more and more efficient and perfect, so it will become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man.'

That is not to say that we shouldn't try our best at all times for if we slacken our efforts then rubbish becomes the norm! In all aspects of our writing we will strive for the unachievable and should be grateful when we get close but perhaps we should be equally thankful we didn't quite manage it.

God Bless