October IWSG Blog Hop

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October 5 Question:
When do you know your story is ready?

I guess it’s a good thing I joined this writing group – otherwise I am not sure I would get anything posted here besides the occasional angst of my inability to stick with a writing project and my overly dramatic renderings of everyday minutia. Oh wait . . .

So such a prescient question for the month – when, indeed, do I know when my story is ready? The smartass in me cannot resist asking – “ready for what?” The trash bin? Because most of the time, that is where my twisted mind wants to deposit any recently produced pages.

Bottom line – I am deadline driven. In my day job, as a lawyer, my writing is “done” about five minutes before a project is due. Because no matter how early I start writing, the OCD in me revises and rewrites and tinkers until the last possible moment, so it will be “perfect.”

I seem to approach my fiction writing in the same way. Except that there is no end to the time I can spend revising and rewriting and tinkering with my project. I am an author with a serious need for a deadline. This is an area where I am truly looking forward to contemplating the processes of those who actually make and meet these deadlines independently. So I am off to the Hop.

Many thanks to the awesome co-hosts of the October blog hop – I bet they know when their stories are ready :

Beverly Stowe McClure
Megan Morgan
Viola Fury
Madeline Mora-Summonte
Angela Wooldridge
Susan Gourley

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14 Responses to October IWSG Blog Hop

  1. Angela Wooldridge says:

    Of course I know when my story is ready (cough, choke, ahem!) It’s normal isn’t it to keep tinkering? In the end you have to send it off just to make yourself leave it alone & much as I dislike deadlines, they do have their uses

    • Lee says:

      I completely agree! We just have to know when to say “enough” and move on. Congrats on your recent sale, btw!

  2. You made me laugh about the trash bin! That is my go-to place for most projects I start lately.

    • Lee says:

      That certainly reflects my feeling. Several projects are languishing in limbo, with little hope for redemption.

  3. emaginette says:

    Deadlines can work for me as long as I’m not the one who chooses the date. I’m too softhearted. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  4. nancygideon says:

    I work for lawyers so I recognize your thought process. Trash bin, indeed. Nothing like the last minute to get the juices flowing . . . especially in your legal assistant!

    • Lee says:

      I really make an effort to NOT let my lack of ability to finalize a project stress out my staff. Mine has been known to say, “uh yes, this is still good, even with that comma change.”

  5. Misha says:

    I also set myself deadlines, but I will extend them if I feel the quality of my work doesn’t measure up yet.

  6. Diane Burton says:

    If deadlines work for you, set one for sending the work out. I work best with deadlines. I may not hit them, but they’re something to shoot for. Good luck.

    • Lee says:

      I like this idea. I need to set a series of interim deadlines, as well. Since they won’t set themselves, this seems like a good project for the long weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Juneta says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Survived hurricane and move and have internet again.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit