I used to believe I wanted to write one perfect thing. The perfect poem, the flawless novel. And while I think it's important to work at improving one's craft, I think I wouldn't want to create that one complete work.
If by some miracle or aberration, I was able to create that shining piece, then I would never write again.
Each word is a step toward that outcome, even as I know I cannot ever reach it. The ultimate in zeno's paradox. Each step I take enables me to write something closer and closer to that ideal.
Each step is necessary and each poem or story the right one for that place and time.
And there is something to appreciate in each one. Some facet of that ideal that is only a model, an avatar--an incarnation of an idea.
A piece of a holographic whole.
Even this is part of it. And it is just right.