How To Know When You’re Done

A lot of writers- like me- are obsessive editors.

We’re our biggest critics.

So once we finish a project, we trash it and begin again.

Because what you write is never good enough. Never the best.

You can always improve, always write something tighter and better and…

How do you know when you’re done? When you should start sending query letters to prospective agents, to seek representation?

Well, when you edit something, and you forget that you’re editing because you’re actually enjoying reading it so much… that’s when you’re done.

About derekberry

Derek Berry is a novelist, poet, and student located in Charleston, SC.

Posted on July 1, 2011, in Writing. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. That’s a good way to think about it. I think one of the hardest things about writing – beyond actually sitting down and writing – is teaching yourself to not be a perfectionist. It’s easy to get caught in this endless loop of editing.

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