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How can you tell if your story is finished?

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You have been working on a story for a while now and you’re happy to take some time to finish things up. However, this doesn’t seem to be as simple as you thought it would be. How can you tell if your story is finally finished?


It can be easy to fall in love with characters you’ve created and you might want to spend a lot more time in a world you’ve brought to life. However, there is only so much information your readers will be interested in. This means that your job may be likely to include cutting portions that aren’t important and ensuring that your work stays relevant. It also means that it can be difficult to determine when you’ve offered enough to keep your readers interested, but not so much that they become overwhelmed with information or bored with the story.


To tell if your story is finished, you will need to take a good look at what you are trying to accomplish. Think about what areas of your piece are adding to the plot and make sure you have all the information that will be needed to fully understand the story available to the reader so they can enjoy it. Once you’ve cut out the extra details that slow your story down, made sure that you are offering the world a creative story, and taken the time to revise and edit it to perfection, it’s time to accept that the piece is finished.


There may be additional scenes in your head, but if they don’t add to the development of the story they don’t belong in it. It’s okay if you don’t feel ready to move onto another project because you loved this one so much, but it’s important to remember that overdoing it is a surefire way of alienating your audience and making them put your work down.

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