How do you know when a story is ready–Insecure Writers Support Group Question of the Month


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.

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte - 1884

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?

Thanks for stopping by!

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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