Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Revising: When is Your Book Actually "Done?"

There has been a great discussion going on over at agent Nathan Bransford's blog today on how you know when your revisions are finally over with and you can type "The End."

Yesterday, he posted a very helpful Revision Checklist (, and followed it up today with a post titled "You Tell Me: How Do You Know When Your Novel is Really Finished?" (

A ton of people are participating in the discussion in the comments section, ranging from aspiring writers working on their first manuscript, all the way up to agented/published authors.

It's amazing how similar everyone's experiences are, which I find strangely comforting :).

Me being sick of Legacy of the Empress is apparently a good sign. The elusive end is near!

So, jumping onto the Bransford Bandwagon, I ask you...

How do you know when it's "done?"


Danyelle said...

I don't know that my story will ever be done-done. I'm sure I'll look back in a few years and find things to fix. But as far as being done, I'm sending it off into the world, I'm querying one right now. :D

Rebecca Knight said...

Ooh, good luck, Danyelle! :D That's exciting! You'll have to keep us posted here.

Danyelle said...

Thanks. :D

Ello said...

SEriously, I feel like I'll never be done revising. sigh.

Abby said...

I'm sure that even if by some miracle I do get published there will still be things that I look back and think need to be changed.

But it's getting to the point where I either need to move forward on it or put it aside and move on to something else. That and I'm just getting burnt out on revising it. And my live-in beta reader rolls his eyes and gives me a really exasperated laugh every time I hand him a revision to read. :)