When do you know your story is ready?
A great question posed by the leaders of IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group).
For me it's when I can't think of another single thing to add to take away from my story to make it better. I've re-read, revised and rewritten until my eyes are crossed. Various critique partners have read the piece or work and I've reworked it again and again. I've read it out loud. I've acted it out in my mind. At this point I say to myself, "It is done." So I send out a few queries and wait to see if.... I'm really done.
Well, so far, I've been done a few times. I have quite a few (I jest) more projects that are maybe, perhaps, nearly...done.
When do you know?