How do I know when its done?

Stephen Bishop BlogOne of the questions I keep asking  myself is when will it be ready, You have to deal with your own doubts and worth.  During a conversation with another writer, I asked how do you know when it’s time to stop fiddling with it Moving a comma here or a word there. This becomes ever more difficult for an untrained  writer. ( I have absolutely no qualifications in the English language, written or spoken, other than a secondary school CSE from back in the dark ages). So what was this pearl of wisdom he imparted

He directed me to Truman Capote and this

“Since each story presents its own technical problems, obviously one can’t generalize about them on a two-times-two-equals-four basis. Finding the right form for your story is simply to realize the most natural way of telling the story. The test of whether or not a writer has defined the natural shape of his story is just this: After reading it, can you imagine it differently, or does it silence your imagination and seem to you absolute and final? As an orange is final. As an orange is something nature has made just right.”

Time to stop fiddling with commas, and concentrate on the words.

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