Having a problem at the moment... and I thought writing the darn thing was hard enough... When does a novel (or anything) become good enough? When do you hit that point of just getting overfamiliar with the text that you're blinded to its real quality? I'm worried that with more and more editing I'll suck the soul out of the thing, all the spontaneity - familiarity breeds contempt, of course - and there's an overall sense that I've told the story as well as I can. I'm not experiencing the feeling of having a gorgeous polished jewel in my possession, more like a patchwork quilt, where I can see little mistakes patched over, my own personal journey, see parts and remember where I was when I wrote them - I know full well that it's not perfect, but it's got a lot of me in it. And I also get the sense that the story itself cannot improve, that I think I've reached the limits of where I am with this particular work - if I change anything to make it 'better', it will be a completely different animal. And I get the sense that it won't be 'better' if I change it, just 'different', maybe 'worse' because I'm a different person than when I started it - doesn't mean to say I've become a better writer. I think the story is a complete article now - I can go no further, only write something else. Does this all make sense to some of you?? I'm writing this mainly as the backstory to a question - is there anything I can do to give myself more faith in it? Because I'm worried I'm overthinking this, I don't want to keep polishing and being unhappy forever - I want to get it out there (published on Kindle). And as I said, I think this is as far as this story can go. I am proud of it completely, I will promote it to the ends of the earth, but I will always think it could be better, shinier, greater - like it is when I replay the scenes in my head. I'm thinking of swapping it with someone to get feedback - they read my thing, I read theirs, we both give advice. ...Should I just accept that it's as good as I can humanly achieve, shut off the overthinky, critical part of my brain, and push it out to the people??