I apologize for the late post. I was offline for a week and had every intention of writing and scheduling this post in time for the monthly get together. But that did not happen. *sigh* As they say, better late than never…
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!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.
A big thank you to our co-hosts for this month’s posting: Beverly Stowe McClure, Megan Morgan, Viola Fury, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Angela Wooldridge, and Susan Gourley. Don’t forget to visit them and thank them for co-hosting!
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OCTOBER 5th QUESTION: How do you know when your story is ready?
Every writer knows that writing a book means rewriting and that you have to rewrite until it’s up to scratch. I say up to scratch because I don’t know if a story is ever perfect. Probably not because many writers tend to have a love-hate relationship with their stories. It’s the well-known I-love-the-story-one-week-and-then-hate-it-the-next syndrome. So it has nothing to do with perfection. Bearing this in mind, how do you know when the story is completed? After the tenth, twentieth or thirtieth rewrite? Leonard Da Vinci once said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” At least we’re lucky to get so many chances at polishing our stories to get them to a point where they’re as ready as can be. So how will I know when to “abandon” my story and send it out into the big wide world?
To be honest? I’m not certain…
Besides the technical considerations and input provided by critique partners and beta readers, I think the writer’s “gut instinct” plays a role in knowing when the story is finished. Every story is a unique extension of that particular writer, who spends months and years sifting through the muddiness of his imaginary world and characters, trying to make sense of it and put everything together. So who knows the story better than the creator of that story? Having said that, I’m keen to see what other writers have to say on this topic.
You still have time to get those submissions in for the next IWSG anthology. Get those fantasy stories ready. There is an adjustment in the details. Submissions can be between 3,000 and 6,000 words. Publication in a story anthology with the promotional power of IWSG behind you is a great career opportunity. See the site for full details.
To what extent do you rely on gut instinct when trying to decide whether your story is ready?