What I mean is that I think sometimes when we look at our writing (or when others look at our writing), we content ourselves in thinking that we're done when we can't find anything wrong with our work. And yet, sometimes we might not admit to ourselves that even though there's nothing necessarily WRONG with the work, it's also doesn't exactly feel RIGHT.
Some people might call the missing ingredient in a piece like this the "X-factor." What I realized tonight is that it's more of a physiological or emotional response to the work. Intellectually, we might not be able to find a problem to fix, but it's good to be aware of how we react to a piece beyond the intellectual level. Does the work give you goose bumps? Does it make your ears itch? Does it make you look over your shoulder? Does it make you want to walk to the edge of a mountain and throw little things off like car-parts, bottles, and cutlery, or whatever you find lying around?
So, can you pick out a piece of your writing that works beyond the intellectual level?
For me, there's a scene in my novel Rooster where one of the main characters, a teenager named Jaroen, is learning to meditate in a Buddhist temple for the first time. The monk is telling Jaroen to clear his mind, but instead he's flooded by thoughts. Suddenly, he remembers a day from his childhood when his dad is teaching him how to ride a bicycle. That scene always invokes and emotional response for me.