When do you turn loose?

When do you turn loose of your story?

I’m wrestling with this very question.

I thought I was finished with my children’s book, but now I’m not so sure.

How do you know, enough is enough?

Late at night, new ideas and thoughts slip though my tired fogged brain. Doubts that maybe, just maybe I should rewrite or at the very least add more to the book before I turn it loose.

Sigh, letting go is harder than I thought it would be. I expected to feel a sense of accomplishment. Instead, I want to tweak it more and more.

When do you know to type “The End?”

Suw Charman-AndersonCONTRIBUTOR at Forbes wrote, “the problem is knowing when to put the pen down and stop tinkering.”

When Has Your Book Finished Cooking?

This is so me!

I really like this suggestion by Shannon Deaton at

“When a writer can audibly read a draft from beginning to end without stumbling, choking, or otherwise crying, it’s okay to stick a fork in it–the writing’s done, and it’s time to enjoy the sweet desserts of publication.”

Yes reading the story aloud is important, but this made me think about reading as if I were performing. Hmm….

Read more of his article at CIRCLE AVENUE FICTION.

Over at the Positive Writer Bryan Hutchinson suggested the writer should write 10 scenarios. At first glance I thought no way, but his article got me to thinking.

How To Edit Your Book Until It’s “Finished”

He also suggested sending the manuscript out to 30 readers.


So, how do you know when it’s time to release your baby out in the cold, cruel world?

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