The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Founder Alex J. Cavanaugh's awesome co-hosts for the October 5 posting of the IWSG are Beverly Stowe McClure, Megan Morgan, Viola Fury, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Angela Wooldridge, and Susan Gourley!
This week, I am in the middle of editing a short story for an upcoming mystery anthology. My critique group has offered their opinions of soft spots, drawn out narrative, and spotty dialogue. After applying all agreeable edits, I will read through the story several times so any rough areas or inconsistencies have a chance to surface.
Seeing the question for October's IWSG brought a smile to my face. How timely to consider when exactly I will know that my story is ready.
October 5 IWSG Question: When Do You Know Your Story is Ready?
Determining that my story is ready isn't something I take lightly. I don't suddenly one day say, "Enough already. I don't want to look at this story one more day or I'll become physically ill."
Well, okay, I do say that, but that isn't when I mark the story finished.
Now it's time to set the work-in-progress aside for a day or two. Going back for a last look always produces at least one new proofreading error or, worse, a glitch in the plot or timeline that requires a touch up.
After that final read-through, barring some catastrophic find, I am ready to mark the story complete. That's when I know my story is ready . . . ready for me to let go.
Is this a sign of insecurity on my part,
or just a realization that if the story is complete,
it means I have to start writing something new?
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