It’s fairly easy to tell when an egg is done. A marshmallow over a campfire. Certainly a pot of coffee–it stops dripping. Even relationships usually offer a pretty clear picture of when they are “done”–even if the participants choose to ignore the signs (think the smell of burning toast).
But when it comes to writing, or many other creative endeavors, being DONE is never a sure thing. Right now I am about to send off a draft to my editor and until the minute my finger presses the send button, I fear I will tweak it within an inch of its life. Now is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. Some things can stand to be improved upon (one notable exception: a coconut Hubig’s Pie, www.hubigs.com) but for a manuscript, when do we say it’s done?
When we press the send button?
When it’s printed?
When someone buys it in a bookstore?
The nature of editing and revision is to, well, edit and revise. But is there such a thing as TOO much fussing? I’m sure. I just need to know WHEN that is.
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