refugee crisis and a western, so I haven’t blogged in a while. I can’t miss today, however, because it’s the first Wednesday of the month! That means it’s time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, where we talk about writing and vent our frustrations to the world. This month’s topic is “How do you know when your story is ready?”
I find this impossible to answer. It’s related to another unanswerable question that’s commonly asked of writers: “Where do you get your ideas?” Stories come out of the void. Sure, we consciously form them, throw in clever little twists (or what we hope are clever little twists), literary references, products of our research, and all sorts of other things. If you ask me why I made a scene a certain way, I can probably answer you. But ask me why I wrote a story along a particular theme or in a particular genre and I’m stumped. Stories come from some hidden place inside, and that hidden place decides when it’s done.
So listen to your gut, fellow writers, it’s what’s actually doing most of the writing.