With so many revisions to my novel over the past three years, I began to wonder when I’ll know when my story will be at that perfect point to call it completely finished. When will it be in the best polished condition to send to my editor and then work on publishing it?
Because I don’t know about you, but at times, I’ve felt just like this frantic writer in this cartoon.
The comfort in this cartoon is knowing some writers suffer the endless revising of their novels that I fear my continuous revising may be headed for.
Therefore, I googled this question, and many links popped up. I read through at least four of them, from top ten ways to go about getting your book in the best shape to submit it to publishers to what entails revising your novel.
“Half my life is an act of revision.” John Irving
So, after picking through these websites, I discovered the basic answer. Unfortunately, it’s not a silver bullet, a “Eureka! I’m done!” kind of answer.
But if you trust in your own discernment and ability of when the pinnacle point that renders a polished product is, you’ll be on the right path.
“I have rewritten–often several times–every word I have ever written. My pencils outlast their erasers.” Vladimir Nabokov
So, it looks like while you’re going through your many revisions (I’ve lost count), you’ll be refining the wording, sculpting the scenes, sharpening the dialogue to reach that apex.
Your story will eventually culminate into a satisfying whole piece in which you will know in your heart this is the moment to tie it up with a pretty bow and send it out to the editing and publishing world.
In conclusion, trust in your own ability to discern when your story is at its best, most whole.
How has your revising process been going? How did you feel when you reached the polished stage of your writing endeavor?