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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Enough is Enough!

Editing your draft is hard enough, but deciding when you are done tweaking the manuscript may be even more difficult. We have all been at that place where we have read and reread our story 5 or 6 times, and asked the question, am I done yet? For unpublished writers without an agent or editor, it can be even more difficult to decide when a WIP has reached the final draft. With no one to force them to stop editing, it’s not uncommon for writers to edit with no end in sight. Truly, writing the perfect manuscript can really never be achieved, but when do you decide that enough is enough.

You may notice you are done editing when the story is no longer moving forward, but sideways; or you recognize you are changing a sentence one week only to switch it back the next. Though, the two reasons you may quit editing are 1) you are happy with your manuscript, and 2) your beta readers/critique partners no longer recognize any plot holes or glaring issues.

Other reasons you may decide it"s time to stop editing:

  • When you can’t tell what’s good and what’s bad anymore (if you have gone mad, and cannot even see words, send it to someone else)
  • When you give up (if you are ready to throw in the towel, send it off and take a break so your mind can rest)
  • When you don’t know what you’re editing for anymore (if your story starts to take shape that is irregular with any known form of writing, send it away to betas)


How close to done is your manuscript?

Joshua Robertson


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