I just watched the short video from Tested where Adam Savage gets to check out the new gun blasters from Bladerunner 2049. During the video, the Prop Master Doug Harlocker talks about how they went through several iterations of the new blaster design–more than six! It’s common to see this amount of iteration on a film production that aims to be a memorable classic, because often it takes several iterations to refine an idea to that level of perfection (not to be confused with “perfect” which is unobtainable).
Now ask yourself, how much iteration went into your last project? If you’re a writer, how many drafts? How many revisions? Not all projects will require a ton of reworking, but by being conscious of the iterative creative process you can help ensure a successful project. If the possibility of revising your work isn’t even in your mind, then you’re probably missing out on the best way to improve it and yourself.
Anyway, if you haven’t seen the video I’m talking about, you should check it out!