Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Are You Ready For This? (An IWSG Post)

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for another installment of the Insecure Writers Support Group.

If you're not already familiar with the IWSG, please click on the above link for all the deets, as well as a complete list of participants.

This month's co-hosts are: Beverly Stowe McClure, Megan Morgan, Viola Fury, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Angela Wooldridge, and Susan Gourley.



This month's question asks, "How do you know your story is ready?"


My answer:



Seriously, I have no idea. 

I know I got one book to the point where I thought it was ready (enough) for human consumption, but I honestly don't remember how I did it, or what it felt like, or even if I was right to feel that way in the first place.


So, I am at a loss. I'm looking forward to seeing how other people answer this question because I am struggling mightily with it.



How do you know your story's ready?

30 comments:

  1. Hahahah my answer was the same but your gifs make it so much better. I especially love the House one. :D

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    1. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was perfect for this post.

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  2. I know it's ready when I've revised everything I can revise per my own comments as well as those from my CPs.

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    1. I'm working through my latest set of comments now. I'm curious to find out how I'll feel about it when I reach the end of my list.

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  3. A hundred passes later, I know I just have to stop.

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    1. I'm not quite at a hundred passes yet. But if I get up there, then I'll likely just have to stop, too.

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  4. I loved those gifs. I think they explain it well. ;)

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    1. Why use words when you can use gifs? That's my new motto. :)

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  5. After doing all the practical things, like revising and editing, etc., I think it becomes a gut thing, becomes about trusting yourself and your instincts.

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  6. Hehehe @ the gifs! I put trust in my CPs that they know when my stories are complete. They're not as attached to the stories as I am, so I rely on them.

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    1. Yes, my CPs and betas are wonderful. I just think they're totally wrong when they say that my current WIP isn't a steaming pile of you-know-what...

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  7. You just have to put your foot down and say done.

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    1. I imagine that's how it will go. The question is, will it get stuck in a drawer to collect dust, or will it actually make it out into the world?

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  8. It's tricky. Usually I just go until I'm moving commas around.

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  9. Mine is done when I decide to abandon it :)

    Damyanti

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  10. Love the Gifs. It totally is subjective, and the answer is different for everyone. I listed some guides, but even those have the potential be faulty. You know it when your fingers stop twitching, eh?

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  11. For me, it's when I feel like I can't improve the story anymore after having all the beta readers go through it and I have an editor put all the commas in the right places.

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  12. Love the gifs. For me, it's listening to my gut. You know when something isn't right. Same as when you know it's done. Good luck!

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  13. I have no idea. Maybe when I stop making huge corrections? You know, I'm down to just to little wording things. But who knows...

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  14. It's definitely a hard one. It tends to be, after getting help, if I don't think I can do anything more to it - hopefully combined with some sort of shiny finished feel, or close to it!

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  15. I knnow how you feel. I guess I just get to the point when I'm done and I don't want to get overbaked . . . that's all.
    Hope someone has some answers!!

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  16. You always have the best gifs. Sometimes you need someone else to tell you it's ready. It's never perfect.

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  17. Coming from someone who has never completed a novel (and just trunked the one she was working on due to too many issues found by her writers group), I'd say you kind of know? And you let others read it, and wait to see if they tell you the novel still needs work.

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  18. I think if you've had your beta readers check it and if you've revised till your practically cross-eyed, you might be ready. But you never know for sure.

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  19. I hope I get there someday...some way....(and that I realize I am there...hahaha)

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  20. It's a gut feeling, mostly. When re-reading it doesn't make me cringe or reach for a red pen. When I'm losing interest and am ready to be creating something new.

    @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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  21. HA! I love the House and Supernatural GIFS!

    I miss both of those shows, but Supernatural comes back soon. I think. :)

    You don't give yourself enough credit, M.J. In case no one has said it recently, you're doing a great job.
    :)

    Heather

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