How do you know when your novel is finished? Best selling authors share their tips.

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Writing The Sister took me 18 months. During that period I rewrote multiple times, changing the point of view, the tense, and even the genre. When I couldn’t write any more I paid for a professional critique, got feedback from beta readers, and still I wasn’t happy enough to submit it. After weeks of more tinkering there was absolutely nothing left I could do but I still hesitated in submitting it, was it ready? How do we ever know?

Writing The Gift has been a completely different experience. Writing to a deadline means I have not had time to go through the same process that I went through with The Sister. A process that involved putting in a drawer and coming back to it after a month with fresh eyes. Now I am coming to the end of my copy edits it is time for me to let go…

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2 thoughts on “How do you know when your novel is finished? Best selling authors share their tips.

  1. Wonderful tips for us first time authors. I have felt many of the things you have listed. It is a very tense journey, from an idea, to your heart, to the computer or paper and to the publishing process. How do you that have the experience handle the wait time between hearing it is finished from the publisher? I am in that now with a tight deadline and a holiday in-between. Thanks…..

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