Every writer knows that revision is a necessity.
But just as important is stopping.
Because if we don't stop revising at some point then there would be no great books on the shelves or books for us to cuddle up with and read by awesome looking fireplaces like these.
However, determining when to stop revising always seems to be the tricky part.
Sure you want to stop after:
- Changing everything you get comments on that resonate with you.
- Reading your work multiple times. Preferably out loud. And correcting anything that doesn't sound right.
- And then after completing a final round of edits, even after what you thought was your last round.
But how do you know you're done?
I think the best indicator is your gut. If something deep down is telling you that one aspect still isn't "quite" right, then you need another edit.
If that feeling goes away. Or you feel that there is no possible way you could make something better then you are ready to stop revising (at least temporarily until you get more comments :)) Because if all you are doing is changing things instead of improving, then chances are "enough" might very well be "enough."
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--Emily, Miss Querylicious