I’m a writer. I’m unpublished (pre-published?) and I’ve been working on a novel for almost six years, off and on. Life does tend to get in the way. I’ve finished with revisions on my revisions of revisions and now I’m letting it rest. Very soon, I’m going to send it out into the world.
I’ve taken lots of classes and workshops and I’ve tried to incorporate the lessons I’ve learned into my novel. It’s been the focus of my life for so long that it’s hard to declare it complete. I know there’s more I can do to make it better, but I think it’s time to let it go.
Is it perfect? Not at all. But I love the Voltaire quote, “The perfect is the enemy of the good.” I know my manuscript can never be perfect, but I hope it’s good.
As I start the query process, I know that I’ll recieve a lot of rejection letters. Maybe that’s all I’ll receive. Maybe this story will never be more that a stack of pages rubber banded together on a shelf in the cupboard.
I think it’s time to move on, though, time to let go and start my next story.
Writers, how do you know when it’s time to move on?