Or, 7 days away from finishing my fourth round of edits. More on that in a minute.
Big thank you and congrats go out to Mr. Alex J. Cavanuagh and his team for taking IWSG to the next level. If you haven’t read about the big announcement, click here.
Ok, back to the topic at hand.Write the first draft – check Let it sit for three weeks – check Read through and find the big mistakes (edit #1) – check Read through and find the big mistakes you missed on the first read through (edit #2) – check Read through and find the small mistakes (edit #3) – check Read out loud and find the not so obvious mistakes (edit #4) – Finish in 7 days.
But, then what?
I love this story. It has consumed all of my free time over the last four months. I’ve put in the work to turn it into a story that even after reading through it 10,000 times, the parts that are supposed to make me laugh, still make me laugh and the parts that are supposed to make me cry, still make me cry and I can’t wait to see what happens even though I know the ending.
But, is that enough to put it out there for the world to see?
I know about beta readers and critique partners and editors, I’ll do all that, too. What I really want to know is even after all that, will there be a clear sign that let’s me know, ok, publish it?
How do you know when your story is good enough for public consumption?