It's time for IWSG: The Insecure Writer's Support Group comes together every first Wednesday of the month to vent. Check out the group here.
Well. It's October. Let's see what's up in my writing world:
--September wrapped up with a story I was about to get published not being published. My rights have reverted back to me, but I haven't gone through the story yet to see how much of it I want to rip apart and revise. I remember there were parts I didn't particularly care for the last time I read it, which was sometime around May or so.
--The novel draft is still plugging along and still going a bit more slowly than I'd like, but advancing nonetheless. At least I write faster than Diana Gabaldon and George R.R. Martin? :-)
--I have an idea to write four or five short story/novella/novellettes in November for NaNo, then figure out which ones I might want to submit, self-publish, expand into a longer idea...
Which brings me around to the IWSG October question: When do you know your story is ready?
Stories have lots of levels of readiness. I've only published one thing so far and I can't really remember now when I knew Pearl was ready to be put out into the world-- Was it when my beta's reactions came back positively? Was it my own knowledge and instinct that the story was compelling and the character was great and why not try the self-publishing thing to see if anybody else wanted to read it? Was it when my copyeditor emailed to tell me that a) she was grateful that I wrote cleanly and b) she was so totally absorbed into the story?
The short story that I haven't looked at in a few months--I had a deadline for that one, so that's when it had to be ready by. But I knew it was ready to be written--this after at least a month of mind-stewing--when the first scene played out in my head.
Usually, that's how I know something is ready to be written down past the notes-and-research phase: when I start hearing snatches of dialogue or when I can "see" a scene happening or when I can feel the feels.