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.

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About Derek Berry

Derek Berry is a novelist and spoken word poet. Derek is the author of Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County (PRA Publishing, 2016). He co-founded and organizes The Unspoken Word, a literary non-profit based out of Charleston, SC, which provides an intendent home for the poetic arts through regular readings, workshops, and community fundraisers. He is on the Executive Board of the Charleston Poetry Festival, the inaugural production of which will be Fall 2017. His work has appeared in The Southern Tablet, Cattywampus, Charleston Currents, Illuminations, RiverSedge, and other journals.He has performed in venues across the United States and Germany. He has worked as a photographer’s assistant, busboy, and bookseller. He currently works at a curation facility for Cold War History.

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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