Now that my short story is done, I must face the task of editing. Does each sentence move the story along? Is my character changing or growing from her experience? Do I have all my senses?
How close am I to my word count? I have met all the requirements included in the writer’s guidelines? Most definitely!
Now I check for spelling, grammar, passive tense – words ending in “ly” – make sure I don’t have too many of those – and punctuation.
When I feel it is as good as it can get, it’s time to have someone else read it. Not family – they’ll love it no matter what – but someone who will be honest and let you know how to improve it.
A writing group/critique group is excellent for this. I will be taking my story to my critique group next week.