How do you know when you are finished?
John McPhee, a long-time contributor to The New Yorker, has written over 80 pieces for the magazine. He teaches writing a Princeton and is the author of twenty-eight books. Coming Into the Country was nominated for the National Book Award in 1977.
He writes in this article for The New Yorker, "Beyond the Picnic-Table Crisis" about endings. "People often ask how I know when I’m done—not just when I’ve come to the end, but in all the drafts and revisions and substitutions of one word for another how do I know there is no more to do? When am I done? I just know. I’m lucky that way. What I know is that I can’t do any better; someone else might do better, but that’s all I can do; so I call it done."
I'm an expert amateur or maybe an amateur expert.