On Saturday I sent the latest revisions of my MS to some CPs. I've revised this manuscript so many times that I've lost count. But each time, it's gotten better. So naturally I'm thinking, if I keep revising, it will continue to get better. But will it? There is such a thing of revising too much. So when is a MS done? That's something I'm still trying to figure out. When is good enough, good enough? And do I really just want good enough and not good? What's the difference?
It's these things that run through my mind as I sent my MS off to *fingers crossed* the last set of critiques. I'm hoping, except for a few tweaks, that this might be it. That I'm done. That it's good. Or good enough. Or something.
I've never queried, and frankly, the thought kinda terrifies me. I don't want to put something out there that isn't close to being ready. But I think it's really hard to be so subjective with your own work. There's always something that could be revised again. Just a bit more tension here, a few tweaks there. Can always keep working on the same piece. And as a perfectionist, that's what I tend to do.
But at the same time, if it's done, it's done. I shouldn't prolong it because of nerves, that could lead to over-editing. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to query at some point, but also terrified. And I want the MS to be the best that it can be.
This where I have to trust my gut, I think (and my CPs).
How do you tell if your work is good enough? (Whatever that means.)