Because if you were, you wouldn’t be doing it. Fear is crippling, and when you’re trying to be creative, that fear is multiplied ten folds. That’s why we do revisions, because we think, or we know that our first run at it isn’t good and we need to improve it. The problem begins when you keep trying to improve it and every revision leads to another. Revision hell is then essentially a merry-go-round, you’re always going somewhere, but you’re never getting anywhere. The only real way to getting around that road block is to just remind yourself that if your work was actually bad, no one would be asking, let alone paying you to do it.
Seriously, get away from it. Looking over your work for the thirteenth straight time won’t help. It hasn’t changed on it’s own. Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution doesn’t apply to your word document or lines of code. At some point, your constant revisions just ends up making things worse. Take a break, maybe eat a Kit-Kat, that’s all up to you, but stay away from your work for at least an hour. Fresh eyes makes everything better, and that’s even more so for revisions.
Just as Paul McCartney so eloquently put it, you need somebody. Preferably somebody you trust to look over your work and give you an honest opinion, an opinion that you should in turn respect and actually listen to. At some point, your own eyes only tell you so much. Constructive criticism is constructive, and everyone should get in on it. Being your own work, your mind will naturally pre-dispose you to be biased in judging, either too favourably or too harshly. Bringing someone in gives you an outside view, a mind that hasn’t been warped by the horrors in your own that it took to get whatever you’ve created… created.
This is a guest post by Jesse Shen, a writer, communicator, and current Marketing Intern for Full Stack. He is not a zombie.