Today is October's contribution to Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group.
What makes me an Insecure Writer this month?
To be honest—nothing.
Okay, to be more precise, I have no new insecurities this month. All the old ones are still around to keep me warm at night, so I know I’m still a writer. But now that that's out of the way, let’s concentrate on October’s IWSG question.
“When do you know your story is ready?”
Funnily enough, my September IWSG post focused on almost the exact same question. And my honest answer was, "I don’t know." Since I haven’t finished a story yet, I have no experience in these matters. But if pressed, I’d guess I’d feel my story was ready when two things happened.
1. My critique partners tell me it’s done and suggest it's about time I move on to something else. They also hint that they never want to see that story again.
2. When all subsequent changes by me consist of nothing more than cosmetic wordsmithing.
I know I’ll never really feel my story is ready, but sometimes you just have to shove your children out into the world and let them go.