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When is Enough Enough?

I’m trying to do the final read-through on my novel, but I’m constantly stopping to fix things. But when I do, I read the lines again and can’t tell if they are better than before, or just different. The truth is, I love this story. I’ve edited and re-edited it so many times that I think it might truly be done.

But how do I know when enough is enough?

Some writers spend a lifetime on the same novel. Sometimes at the end, they’ve created a masterpiece, while other books might be tucked away, never to see the light of day.

Other authors publish great books every six-months and keep on going. But how do they stop themselves and move onto the next piece?

I’m on the cusp of something exciting and new… and, truth be told, a little frightening. Every book I’ve “finished” up until this point didn’t survive all these edits, without being put down. This book I’ve managed to stick with. To fall down, to get discouraged, but to get back up again. This book is so ready to be sent out into the world, thinking of it sitting in my computer keeps me up at night.

But so do the questions.

What if there are still mistakes? What if I missed some terrible flaw? What if I put it out there, and people hate it?

I want it to be flawless and well-received. But the truth is, I can only do the best that I can do. After that, I guess I just have to take a deep breath and be prepared for whatever response I get, good or bad. I can’t just edit forever, too afraid that someone, somewhere, won’t like what I created.

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