I am sure that like many Authors, and I hate drinking from the cup of mediocrity… but when is it really enough to stop with the reviewing, critiquing, and editing of your own work?!
I finished a manuscript years ago, chucked it out to my beta-readers, and revised, reviewed, revised, reviewed… on and on… a continuous cycle. So now I ask – when is it really ready to let go? After each re-edit, I think that it’s ready to go. So I’m happy with it for a while, chuck it in the mythical drawer, until I eventually re-open it – and see that it can have more plastic surgery done to it. Give it some more face-lifting… A nip here, a tuck there, and a little more Botox in ‘that’ spot… Then all over again, I am happy. Until I pick it up again. This is my own vicious cycle that I am trapped in. (Argh! I feel like the literary version of Joan Rivers!)
Maybe this is because I hate sipping from the cup of mediocrity, and deep down inside, I’m not prepared to release it to the professionals until I’m totally happy about it. A friend said to me the other night, “Leigh, you need a Critique Partner.” She thinks that a Crit Partner will kick my ass into gear. Maybe they will, maybe they wont… but I’ll never know unless I try. Now let me quickly clarify something… This MS is not ‘my baby’. I’m happy for the wolves to chew it up, and spit it out – as long as they give me some decent reasoning or feedback on how I can make it better.
I’m starting to wonder if using Critique Partners is the answer to my vicious cycle problem?
What do you think? Do you have Critique Partners? Do they give you the ‘critical’ feedback that your MS needs? Do they shove their foot up your rear end and tell you to stop editing? (Because unless my MS needs further work – this is what I need. A serious ass-kicking.)
To put it into the words of Stella Artois: I’d rather die of thirst than drink from the cup of mediocrity.