How do you know when a story is done?
That is a question that all writers must face. There’s the old saying that a story is never done, it’s just abandoned. And that’s true to a point. You can always tweak something. But at some point, we do have to figure out when it’s time to “abandon the story.”
For me, the story’s not finished if I’m still making major changes. Like if I have a major plot hole to fix. Or I need to flesh out character descriptions or setting. Or if I’m still dealing with character motivation or backstory.
It’s when I start just dealing with minor things in the manuscript—removing a comma here and changing a word there—that it’s time to let the story take to its own wings and fly.
What about you, writer friends? How do you know when your story is done? Let me know in the comments.