I'm back from my travels. There was some post waiting ..
Once I've dealt with that, I'll be sorting through my photos and sharing *a few*. Are you ready for that?
"When do you know your story is ready?" is this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group question.
I think this is something which becomes instinctive over time. At least that seems to have been the case for me.
When I first started writing, what I thought were finished stories were really just tidied up first drafts. I got lucky with a few, but soon realised that putting in a bit more effort would improve my chances. For a while that meant I rewrote stories over and over trying to get them perfect. That's OK in theory, but there's always something else which can be changed. I've gradually learned to spot when I'm just making changes and not actually improving the story.
The key is to make the particular piece of writing the best YOU can at that time. Maybe others would write it differently, perhaps even better, but if you've done your best, it's time to stop tweaking and send it on its way.