This months Co-Hosts:
I had to think about this. When do I know my story’s ready to submit?
As writers we do a lot to polish our work. I’m sure the stages vary for everyone.
I thought this would be a straightforward answer, but then I made a list of all the things I do to prepare my work for submission. To prevent boring you, I’ll jump to the short answer. I’m ready when I’ve read my work on an ereader and corrected the remaining typos.
But the above answer is only true if I don’t suddenly see a gaping plot hole, finally figure out how to implement a twist inspired by a beta reader, or it doesn’t meet my constantly rising benchmark. It’s as if I’m looking for a reason to not be ready, so I can start again.
How do I Get past it?
It’s when I say, “This is my best work yet.”
This one simple comment proves two things have happened. One—all my practice has paid off. And two—I’m still growing as a writer. I learn and grow by doing. I don’t dare look back at previous works I’ve accepted contracts on, because there is no doubt I’d revise them again and again.
Is it the same for you? Make sure to leave a link so I drop by.