Insecure Writers Support Group
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 :