Ahh well. You know -- when I got my first round edits for Forbidden Love back from my editor, she didn't find a lot for me to fix. I reworked a few paragraphs, etc. This time, even though she approved my changes and found only a few more things to fix, as I read over my story I found some things I'd like to add or change myself. So I've been doing that. At first, I looked at the story and said, "Great! I'll have this back to her (my editor) in a flash." I even emailed her told her that, even though she always gives me several weeks.
Well, maybe not so fast. I wonder if I'll ever be satisfied with my work. I know other writers go through this too. In addition, this is the very reason I never rush publication or submission. As we become more and more published with our fiction, we have to learn to let go faster. The demand for our work is greater. Do our writing skills improve as well? Do we actually ever get that part down? I'm a firm believer in we never stop learning. If we do, or think we have nothing more to learn about our craft, then our writing could suffer. I've seen this happen with other authors. So I say all the time, we never stop learning and improving as writers. Yet, there is a time to draw the line, and just say-- okay, I'm finished with this one.
When do you decide enough is enough and say, this story is truly ready?