This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s question: When do you know your story is ready?
I have yet to think a book is ‘ready’, whether it’s a WIP, about-to-be-published, or out there already for years. I always think up ways I could have made it better. With my non-fic, since I update it every few years, I take notes on each book as I use it, collecting ideas for how to improve it on its next edition.
Usually, what dictates when a story is ready has more to do with a deadline or that I fear I’ll throw up if I read it even one more time. If I can’t read it, I can’t edit it, so that sounds like a good time to publish.
I’m going to be out there visiting you-all. There has to be a better method of determining done-ness in a book.
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.