I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I'm a control freak when it comes to my writing. I want everything to be perfect. I imagine the absolute best my work can be, the amount of sales or awards it will rake in, the amount of other projects and creative freedom I will have from my nonexistent agent and fictitious editors. It's almost debilitating because I cannot "settle" or see my little idea babies as non-glorious.
An example: This weekend I hammered out 800 words of a nonfiction that I intended to send to Highlights. Then, I show it to my wife. She tells me that it would make a great book. A book is a way bigger positive for me than a magazine article (which, would still be amazing). Is it better to query it first? How long? Should I just send it to the magazine? But then, I sell the rights away and can never publish it. It's enough to make me want to watch 3 straight hours of House of Cards until it all goes away.
So for me, I pose this question to everyone out there: How do you know when to let go of a certain idea for your projects? How do you know if this is a better epub than publisher book? Because, for me, it feels like once I let one project be a certain way, I cannot take it back. And, what if that was the one that could have gotten an agent or publisher?
Does anyone have this experience or am I just a weird?