Elana Johnson recently posted about being at 100%. That got me thinking…how do you KNOW you’re at 100%? I mean really know?
Most of us have learned NOT to query until we think our ms is ready. And we know not to send out our partial or full, until it is really ready – until these things are 100% (and dude, if you don’t know that…trust me, I’ve learned these things the hard way…don’t send out until you are at 100%).
How do you know when something is at 100%?
For me, I read and reread. Revise and revise and revise. And then reread again. All the while I am never really SURE it is ready. Even after the crit partner feedback, the betas, the revisions, I am left wondering.
Once I finally am willing to let go and query or submit, I am still constantly thinking…it is ready? Should I do more?
When the partials or fulls are passed on without specific feedback, I am left wondering again…what needs to be changed? Is it still at 100%? Do I need to pull it and revise some more?
Ultimately, I don’t have an answer to this question. I guess, for me, I know the ms is the best I can currently make it. And for now, that has to be enough.
If I get feedback that indicates something different, if I get too many passes on submissions – then I will KNOW it is not at 100%.
But for now, I have to walk on faith that it is ready.
How do you guys KNOW? I really need to know….