When the crying begins, the editing ends.

Crying.

It always comes at the end of every manuscript I finish. It’s my sign. That I’m 100% (well, as 100% as one can be) done. It happens after completing a first draft. And it happens mysteriously after I’ve edited a second or third. I edit and edit until–my body shuts down, and I start to cry. That’s when I know to stop tweaking. It’s time to put it in another’s hands and allow the magic to begin.

How do you know when you’re “done” with your manuscript?

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