Is a MS really ever finished?

When is a MS really finished?

I've been working on my epic fantasy for 2.5 years and though I love the story, I see another major re-write staring me in the face. The logical part of my brain understands that this is just the process of perfecting my story, but the impatient side isn't happy. I feel like a contradictory mix of emotion. I love these characters and don't want my time with them to end, but I have other stories and other characters calling to me as well.

Yeah, yeah, I know.

I just want my story to be the best it can be. If that means a ton more edits and a couple more re-writes so be it.

But what if I'm over-thinking it? What if I'm being too critical and it doesn't need to be re-written to the level that I'm afraid it might? Ugh, I HATE indecision. I hate being unsure.

I think I need to seriously consider joining Ninja Alex's ISWG.

Is a MS really ever finished?

Are you a part of the ISWG? How long have you been working on your current MS? What's the longest you've spent on one novel?

Anyone else as excited about Game of Thrones Season 3 as I am? Unsure? This should wet your appetite.


alexia said…
That's a tough one! Have you had some trusted people read it and give you honest feedback? There is definitely a point where you need to let it be and start querying. But follow your gut.

And yes, I am super psyched for GOT! What a great Easter Sunday :)
Aldrea Alien said…
The longest? Hooboy! ... sixteen years.
That's not allowing for breaks where I wrote other novels. In that time, it's had three definite rewrites and so many mini-rewrites that I've lost count.
Did I meantion it's over 200,000 words long? Or that I'm still working on the latter half?
Samantha May said…
It's been about year since I started mine. Definitely ready for it to be finished, but I do love my characters :)
Melanie Schulz said…
No. They're not. You sound like a perfectionist like me. If your gut tells you that you need a re-write you probably do. I know you hate to hear it, but it's better than the empty feeling you'll have if you ignore your instincts. I still, after almost three years and countless rewrites see errors in my book. I always will. But my gut is silent.

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