It’s the first Wednesday of the month and time for another IWSG post. This month’s prompt is :
How do you know when a story is ready?
My first response was to laugh and say, “Never!”
It reminded me of a story I heard, maybe in an art history class or at the Art Institute of Chicago, about Georges Seurat.
His pointillist masterpiece, “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” hangs there.
He used to sneak into the museum to add more dots to his painting.
I would have said a story is finished when it’s published, but Georges might not agree. But at this point, that’s the best answer I have. I have worked hard on some of my stories, both novel and picture book, to reach the point where I think they’re done. Then I look at them some time later and find more ways to make them better.
So I guess I’ll stick with that answer–when it’s published. And I hope to find out soon whether that’s true (or not) at least for me.
Finishing a story is certainly no walk in the park.
How do you know when a story’s finished?
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