When to Hit Send

I’ve been working on revising my novel for a long time. I mean a really, really long time. It has been painful, confusing and every once in a great while–exhilarating.  Again it reminds me of running a race where, as my husband often says, you just have to “gut out” the last few miles. I wince every time he says it, but by golly, it really describes the feeling.

I’ve been gutting it, re-reading, re-writing and re-imagining parts of my manuscript to where I can honestly no longer see it. I feel utterly spent. I finally hit the send button but I’m still completely unsure if I hit the mark.

My question is: do you ever really know when you are finished? My manuscript is now in the hands of someone I greatly admire. It was a bit safer to just stay in the place of “I’m working on it.” Actually hitting send means that I believe in it enough to send my baby back out in to the world. But are you ever really ready?

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About elizabethcarden

A wife, mom and writer of historical fiction (but sadly, not of thank you notes).
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9 Responses to When to Hit Send

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations dear friend! I know it is wonderful, enjoy your evening and feel good that you are free for the moment :)

  2. Kristina Detter says:

    Congrats! I am so proud that you finished and hit the send button. Breathe a grateful breath and then a huge sigh of relief. Your baby will do great!

  3. amy norton says:

    Elizabeth, I’m so proud of you! I can’t wait to see it in print!! Way to go – well done, friend!

  4. Congrats! I am so proud that you hit the send button. Breathe a big grateful breath and then a huge sigh of relief. Your baby is going to do great!

  5. stephanie conner says:

    Wow! That send button is a big move! I’m so proud of you and can’t wait to see what happens next for you and your baby. Yay!

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