This is a monthly event started by the awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh and organized by the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Click here to find out more about the group and sign up for the next event. You can also sign up for the newsletter. Our cohosts this month: Beverly Stowe McClure, Megan Morgan, Viola Fury, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Angela Wooldridge, and Susan Gourley.

Hello All, happy fall and happy Halloween month!

First off, if you haven’t heard about the anthology contest, check it out: the deadline is November 1st! Rules, theme and other important details on the ISWG page.

My post this month is going to be short and I apologize if I won’t be able to reciprocate the comments until later in the week since I’m currently at a conference (and my presentation is today, wish me luck!).

October question: When do you know your story is ready?

It’s hard to give an objective answer to that question since a story is ready when it “feels” ready. But since for a writer the hardest thing is to judge his/her own work, my strategy has been to write a first draft, then go back and refine, then go back and edit, then go back and send it to trusted beta readers. Sometimes a beta reader will come up with a suggestion that does not resonate, but most of the times, my trusted betas have good suggestions and after those improvements I usually feel that the story is ready.

How about you, what’s your strategy?

 

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