I told my brother that although my Caporetto article was all ready to send off, and has been for days, it is still languishing unsent because I am riddled with uncertainty about it. Or rather, I am certain that it is boring and unoriginal.
He said "if it's boring and unoriginal, it's not going to become any less so even if you work on it for another month, so you might as well send it now."
Curiously this was quite comforting. He has just been offered a place at Duke for his doctorate next year, along with full scholarship - fees, stipend, the works. I am super proud of him. Clever boy. I shall take his advice.