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Offline ChrisHarrison

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When do you stop writing
« on: July 27, 2013, 06:41:48 AM »
When do you decide it's time to stop writing that novel? You've edited, rewritten, proof read, beta read, corrected typos, errant PoVs, plot holes, tied up loose ends, crossed every i and dotted every t. But knowing that no human being can create a work of perfection you're aware that your novel is still not perfect. At what point do you say that's it, I can't go any further with this.

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Re: When do you stop writing
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2013, 07:10:25 AM »
When you're sick of it.  Not just fed up, but truly sick of reading it again and again.  By which time something new has usually been clamouring for your attention for quite a while ;-)

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Re: When do you stop writing
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2013, 07:49:35 AM »
Eventually, you reach a point where further editing just makes the story different, not better. If that's the point you're at, let it go.

As Gyppo said, surely another idea has gone begging.
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Re: When do you stop writing
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2013, 08:37:23 AM »
You stop when you believe in your writing. Until then, it's practice, practice, practice.

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Re: When do you stop writing
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2013, 09:52:47 AM »
You stop when you believe in your writing.
I never have that moment  >:(

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Re: When do you stop writing
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2013, 10:16:59 AM »
I was about to eat breakfast when I came across your reply.

Never believed? Of course you have. You wouldn't have picked up a pen if you didn't believe. It's only how the final product will be received which cast your doubt. Don't worry so much.

I have always found it strange to cage a writer's imagination. Writing against the borders of whether it's romance or mystery, fact and fiction, and the rules, geeeesh - like telling a painter to only paint by number.

It's okay to doubt, but don't let it impede your goals.

Have a nice day.

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Re: When do you stop writing
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2013, 10:30:55 AM »
You stop when you believe in your writing. Until then, it's practice, practice, practice.

Let's assume you already believe in your writing. How do you decide when the novel is finished?

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Re: When do you stop writing
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2013, 11:21:28 AM »
When they send me the check.

Offline bri h

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Re: When do you stop writing
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2013, 12:13:46 PM »
Fare thee well Skip. We're all 'Keening' now. xbx

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Re: When do you stop writing
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2013, 12:55:55 PM »
When to decide the novel is finished? That's why it's important to have an outline of events. Point A to Point B is easier to get to because you know when you've arrived at the destination and so can stop.

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Re: When do you stop writing
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2013, 05:27:06 PM »
When your fingers tell your brain to stop thinking. Always trust your fingers.
(and get that check)

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Re: When do you stop writing
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2013, 01:09:46 PM »
When you're starting to change things back the way they were in a previous draft.
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Re: When do you stop writing
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2013, 02:06:29 PM »


When it's finished.
“Poetry is what happens when nothing else can.”― Charles Bukowski

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Re: When do you stop writing
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2013, 05:07:16 PM »
How do you decide it's finished?

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Re: When do you stop writing
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2013, 05:21:23 PM »
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D Practice writing to deadlines -- then you'll have to have it finished by then. No one waits for late copy. :o