As they say in the movie business when the scene is as good as it’s going to get, “It’s a wrap.” That’s how I feel when I finally finish writing, proofreading, editing, editing, editing, etc. a story. After it’s as perfect and polished as I can possibly make it and it has been submitted–I know that I have done the best job that I can possibly do.
Isn’t that a great feeling? Last night I finished, and submitted for publishing, a short story. Like other writers, I start a story and put it aside while I work on my novel for a while. And then I go back to my short story and approach it with a fresh outlook, working on it until it’s finished. As much as I love to work on a novelette or the sequel to my first novel, I love writing short stories even more. I love the notion that I have a finished product sooner and can submit it for publishing. And then I get back to work on my novel while waiting eagerly to hear if my story will be published.
These are some of the steps that work for me. Being somewhat OCD and having never been a patient individual, waiting for acceptance/rejection has taught me the virtue of patience. And the OCD has helped with the writing and re-writing process.
So, wish me luck and I’ll keep you posted on whether or not it will be published. And good luck with your projects. Let me know what works for you.