In two of the countries I’ve lived in, Hungary and France, November 1st is the day upon which one visits the graves of parted loved ones… In Ireland, you visit on Nov. 2nd. It’s a time to reflect and remember and to pay respect.
I love cemeteries. Not in any morbid way, I find them inspiring, sobering and oddly calming. They happen to be very beautiful places around this time of year too.. teeming with autumn leaves. They are momento mori, a reminder that our time here is fleeting, and we should use it wisely and well. They also underscore the fact that everything, and everyone, has an end.
Ending a project can be difficult. Sometimes we don’t want to let go… here’s a checklist to see if your bun is done.
1) Have you read through your piece a number of times, each revision focusing on different aspects (character, theme, structure, tone, language, punctuation, grammar etc…)?
2) Have you shown your piece to at least one person and received informed and HONEST feedback, and have you then addressed any issues that have been highlighted?
3) Are you now re-reading your work, doing nothing but shifting around commas (and back again)?
If the answer to the above is ‘Yes’, then you’re done and the only reason you’re hesitating sending it off to the agent/publisher/magazine/competition, is that you’re scared of rejection.
Get over that. If you’re going to be a published writer, you’re going to have to suck up a lot of rejection. Be brave. Take the leap. And good luck!