Ready or Not?
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This month's IWSG Reflective Question: When do you know your story is ready?
Another thought provoking question from the IWSG this month and a difficult one to answer. Are we ever 100% sure that a story is ready? I always ask myself: have I written the story to the best of my ability? Once I can honestly answer ‘yes’ then it’s time to get another opinion and call on my critique group.
Critique groups are great because they can point out things that the writer has missed – maybe there’s a flaw in the storyline or a surplus character that detracts from the story. Once I’ve gained different perspectives, I’ll make any necessary adjustments, go through my editing process again, read it out-loud, let it rest for a day or two and then give it a final read through before submitting.
During the publication process of my short story collection, I went one step further and asked 12 willing friends, with different backgrounds and careers, to read through each story and give me their honest opinion. This worked really well and the feedback helped me to make each story the best it could be. I was also reminded that I have some amazing friends – so grateful.
My main insecurity this month: Feeling overwhelmed
My biggest insecurity this month has been tackling the rewrites of my novel. I let it rest a couple of months after I received the report and notes from my editor and now that I’ve started working on it, I’m a bit overwhelmed. But soldier on I will. I just want to get it done and finished so I can start my next big project! (Two years is long enough!)
Thanks to all for another superb and extremely helpful IWSG Newsletter. Great job!